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Conditions of Use

UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) materials are available for use by all members of the public who are eighteen years of age or older. LSC materials do not circulate and may only be consulted in the Ahmanson-Murphy Reading Room. We provide access to collections that are unique or rare, and some are in fragile condition. All LSC materials must be handled with care to avoid loss or damage. Our conditions of use are designed to protect these collections while providing the best possible access to our researchers. The LSC User Account online registration form constitutes an agreement by the researcher to comply with LSC’s stated policies for use of its materials.

General Policies

  • Use of the Ahmanson Murphy Reading Room is limited to researchers consulting LSC materials and is under camera surveillance.
  • We do not accept appointments and we are unable to guarantee seating arrangements.
  • University of California (UC) students, faculty, and staff receive primary consideration and non-UC-affiliated researchers may occasionally be asked to reschedule a research visit to LSC's collections due to a lack of reading room space.
  • The Ahmanson-Murphy Reading Room in the Research Library seats 14 users on a first-come, first-served basis and we implement a waiting list when full

Patrons with Disabilities

LSC welcomes users with disabilities. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the building. Please contact in a new tab) if any of our policies may interfere with your ability to use a collection due to a disability. Individual staff assistance cannot always be provided, but patrons may bring necessary assistive devices and be accompanied by a companion. If you intend to use assistive devices in the Reading Room or if you intend to bring a companion to assist you, please email in a new tab) in advance of your visit, and please alert staff upon your arrival so we may best accommodate you.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right-to-privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., the use of libelous statements or the invasion of privacy) for which UCLA Library assumes no responsibility.