History and Special Collections for the Sciences
Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences

Policies and Use


The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collection for the Sciences is open to researchers Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment, normal holidays excepted. Current information on hours is available on the Biomedical Library hours page or by phone at 310.825.6940.


The collection, which consists of primary, secondary, and tertiary literature, is open to all users with a valid UCLA library card. Histories, biographies and journals in the history of medicine and history of biology circulate to users, depending on the category of library card possessed. Books in the reference collection do not circulate, but they are available for consultation during all the hours the Biomedical Library is open. The histories and biographies in the secondary collection (Stacks Level 9) are also available for consultation and circulation during all the Biomedical Library's hours. Primary materials, such as printed books, manuscripts, records, prints, portraits, and museum objects, are considered rare and do not circulate, but they may be requested by any user with an access-only card, which is available free of charge.

Use of Materials

Rare materials are used in a monitored reading room.

Rules governing the use of the collection have been instituted to protect and preserve valuable materials. Requests for photocopies of rare materials will be reviewed by a staff member to assess the effect of copying on the material. Arrangements for the production of photographs, slides, microfilm, and the like may also by made through the staff.


The UCLA special collection libraries are committed to providing basic room-use access to their holdings free of charge. There are fees for photocopying, photography, digitizing, and microfilming. Users who are not UCLA students, faculty, or staff at UCLA should ask about fees.


History and Special Collections for the Sciences is on the fourth floor of the Biomedical Library which is in the northeast corner of the Center for the Health Sciences.

Information and Assistance

For additional information about collections or services,

Telephone: 310.825.6940
Fax: 310.825.0465

Email addresses: