Planning Your Research Visit

Please submit reading room requests ahead of time using the Special Collections Research Account online system. We especially recommend that out-of-town researchers or researchers working on time-sensitive projects contact staff at least two weeks ahead of your visit. Some materials need to be retrieved from off-site and will not be immediately available without advance notice. Researchers may also want to contact one of our curators or other Special Research Collections staff for more in-depth reference assistance.

Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)

The UCSB Library offers free wireless access in all public areas via assigned login credentials.

  • For UCSB Affiliates (requires active NetID): Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
  • For Non-UCSB Affiliates: 
    • Check to see if your institution is an "eduroam" institution: https://www.eduroam.us/institutions
    • Campus visitors from participating institutions can simply select eduroam from their operating system Wi-Fi options and login using their institution's credentials. If you experience any issues with eduroam while visiting UCSB, please contact your home institution's service desk.
    • Campus visitors not from a participating eduroam institution should submit a request for Wi-Fi access prior to your research visit via email to special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu with the following information
      1. Special Collections Research Account username
      2. Start date of visit
      3. End date of visit

Audio/visual materials

Audiovisual materials must be requested ahead of time because it may be necessary to reformat the materials before they can be accessed. For more information on accessing audio/visual materials, please visit Access to the Sound Recordings.