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Are you looking for aerial photographs? We have 2.5 million of them. Our coverage for the Santa Barbara area alone, goes back to 1928. We have tools to access our aerial photography collection available on our website. 

If you are unfamiliar with aerial photography, you may want to acquaint yourself with our aerial photography tools for an introduction to finding aerial photographs.  We have a guide for identifying flights covering your area of interest (AOI) and a guide to reading indexes.  We also have a page illustrating scale of aerial photography available in our collection. If you have questions, SRC staff can help you to learn the process. (805) 893-3062 or send an email to special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu. Staff will acquaint you with how to create a Special Research Collections account and use our online aerial photography tools. 

You are free to visit in-person.  Before you come in, it is a good idea to correspond with our staff to discuss what you are trying to find or verify. That will help us tell you whether aerial photography coverage is a realistic option. In order to best serve you, we encourage you to call ahead first. We are located on the 3rd floor of the Mountain Side of the UCSB Library.  

 Fees are charged for scanning photographs, but all existing scans are available online.  Standard scans are $20 each.  

We look forward to helping you with your aerial research.