Research Appointments are required and are available Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Appointments must be scheduled one week in advance via a request made to

For instructions on how to request an appointment, please see this page.

COVID-19 Protocol

To enter the building, you must complete a COVID-19 screening survey.

Those with a UCSB NetID can enroll in the employee Daily Survey.

Others, including visitors and non-campus affiliates, can use the On Demand screening survey.

Patrons will be required to follow the terms of use for UCSB Library Special Research Collections and to adhere to UCSB’s requirements for working on campus during COVID-19.

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.

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.

*Please refer to individual collections guides for additional publication rights information.