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: 
    • Visitors from Eduroam participating institutions (Not sure? Check if you are affiliated with a participating institution using this link:
    • Non-Eduroam visitors planning on conducting research in Special Collections should submit a formal request for Wi-Fi access 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.