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 special@library.ucsb.edu.

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

COVID-19 Protocol

To enter the building, you must wear a mask.

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.