Special Collections
UCLA Library Special Collections

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Access to Special Collections Materials

The UCLA Library's primary responsibility is to the students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the University of California. However, the Library makes its resources available to the general public whenever possible as long as such service does not conflict with the Library's primary duty. Accordingly, Library Special Collections welcomes all non-UC researchers eighteen years or older.

Special Collections materials can only be consulted in one of our reading rooms; they do not circulate. Readers must present either a valid UCLA Library card UCLA Library Access Card or a valid UCLA student identification card and must register at the reference desk. Registered readers agree to abide by protocols designed to maintain the integrity of materials, ensure their preservation, and provide for long-term access.

UCLA Library access-only cards are issued at no charge to individuals, aged eighteen and older, who present current, government-issued photo identification; they can be obtained at the circulation desks of the Arts Library, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, College Library, Eugene and Maxine Rosenfeld Management Library, Music Library, Science and Engineering Library, and Research Library.

Access to Library Special Collections materials is provided in our two reading rooms:

  • History and Special Collections for the Sciences materials are accessed in the Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for Medicine and the Sciences reading room.¬†
  • All other Library Special Collections materials are accessed in the Ahmanson-Murphy reading room.