Most recent catalogs starting from 2006/2007 to the current year are available online. Microfilm copies from 1916-2004 are available in the Main Library for patron use. They can be found in the Microfilm Area LD781.S3 U55. The University Archives in the Department of Special Collections has copies of the General Catalog from 1916 to the most current issue. Please follow the instructions below to obtain course descriptions.

The Department of Special Collections does not have copies of course syllabuses. These sometimes can be obtained from the individual departments. We also do not have access to student records and/or transcripts, nor can we answer questions on course policies, grading, etc. For these issues please contact the UCSB Office of the Registrar.

Ordering Course Descriptions

To initiate a course description request please complete the following steps:

  1. Create a Special Collections Research Account (
  2. Once you've created your account, notify us via email that you've done so with the following details of your course description request:
  • Academic year(s): i.e. 2004/2005, 2005/2006 or Fall 2004, Spring 2005
  • Course title(s) and number(s): i.e. Introduction to Literary Study (ENG 10)
  • Type of reproduction/delivery method: i.e. pdf, photocopy, fax

Feel free to use our contact form to submit your request or send us an email at

Requests can also be made in-person at our Reference Desk during our normal business hours.

Overview of Fees

B&W PDF Scans

  • B&W PDF scans: $0.50 per page
  • Processing fee: $10.00

In-person photocopy requests: $0.10 per page

Mailed Photocopies

  • Phone and email requests for photocopies: $0.25 per page
  • Shipping fee: $7.00 USPS
  • $25.00 FedEx international
  • Processing fee: $10.00

Faxed Copies

  • $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page (5-page limit).
  • $10.00 processing fee