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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.
To request Special Collections materials, please visit the new UCLA Library Special Collections REQUEST SYSTEM.
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.
A Note About Accessing Audiovisual and Digital Archival Material
Many of the moving images and recorded sounds, and digital archival materials in UCLA Library Special Collections represent unique content that does not exist in any other format anywhere else. Therefore, please allow for additional lead time when requesting audiovisual and digital archival materials. Similarly, if you discover AV material or digital material on-site when reviewing a collection in one of our reading rooms, please understand that there will be a delay before you can access it. Preservation assessment of the material is required to determine if safe playback and/or access is possible without damaging the original recording. If safe playback or access is not possible, library staff will contact you with digitization options or alternate viewing/access solutions. Thank you for your understanding as we work together to ensure the best possible care for our collections.