The Department of Special Research Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials that support UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, and research programs, as well as the scholarly community. The department's holdings are non-circulating but are available for research in the reading room by appointment.

How to Request an Appointment

To initiate a request, please send an email to

Please write "Research Appointment Request" in the subject line to schedule an appointment. A brief consultation with SRC staff may be required.

Here is the contact information for SRC curators and staff

A UCSB staff member will confirm the availability of the materials of interest and help you to identify the most relevant items so that you can make the most of your time in the Reading Room. If we are able to make those items accessible, the SRC staff will schedule an appointment for you and you will receive an email confirming your appointment time(s) with detailed instructions on visiting SRC.

Visitors will be booked for appointments Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMThere will be no more than four appointments booked at a time in the SRC Reading Room. Individuals can request multiple appointments, but they may not be on the same day or week depending on demand.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If your appointment is delayed due to high demand, a UCSB staff member will inform you about the delay and your appointment will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Due to staffing/retrieval schedules, all materials must be requested at least one week in advance

Please note that all public computers in SRC will be offline, except the microfilm ScanPro machine that will be used by visitors consulting collections on microfilms.

Researchers using SRC materials will be asked to log in to their AEON account using laptops, iPads, or mobile phones.

Copying and scanning are available. A scanner is available for use in the Reading Room for select materials. Permission may be required for some instances. See additional information regarding reproduction, use fees, and permissions required via this link


Before You Visit

Prior to your appointment, please review the terms of use for the UCSB Library during COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library is closed for general walk-in use. Campus members approved for special research appointments agree to:

  • Adhere to UCSB’s requirements for working on campus, which includes completing the online “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training,” enrolling in the COVID-19 screening program, and reviewing the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education

  • Adhere to the Library’s interim policies and practices enacted to support public health and safety for the benefit of all Library users and Library staff. All faculty and staff members, students and visitors, to campus are required to wear face masks in all shared indoor spaces.

When You Visit

On the day of your appointment, please:

  • Bring your UCSB ID Card for identification.

  • Non-affiliate visitors with research appointments must complete and pass a COVID-19 symptom screening to enter the building.

    • When completing the screening, under the "please provide a contact" section, visitors should input Library under contact name & under contact email. 

  • Wear your face mask. 

  • Come to the Mountain Side entrance near the Summit Cafe to enter Special Research Collections.