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 during posted hours.

Browsing Collections

Requesting Materials

All requests to use our department's materials can be made prior to your visit using your Special Collections Research Account. Please visit our 'Planning Your Research' page, especially our hours page, for additional information to avoid any delays or inconveniences before visiting our research department.

We will be undergoing a change in our discovery and request systems starting at the end of June until the end of July. Please do not hesitate to email if you are experiencing problems requesting Special Collections materials from the online system. Thank you for your patience.