Library Special Collections Research Reservations End July 1

Dear Bruin Community:

UCLA Library was just notified by campus that beginning on July 1, Library Special Collections must temporarily vacate and close the Ahmanson-Murphy Reading Room, located in the Charles E. Young Research Library, to accommodate critical infrastructure work in a number of service and collection storage areas. This closure will clear the way for the installation of a new energy efficient humidity control system on the A Level of the Young Research Library. Based on the current construction timeline, we expect campus will complete the work to coincide with the start of the fall quarter.Wall of books behind glass in Library Special Collections reading room

For the remainder of this month, Library Special Collections has limited seating and limited hours available for researchers who may need immediate access to physical materials before July 1. These openings will be available on a first-come first-served basis for current UCLA students, faculty, and staff with valid BruinCards. Please email to make a reservation. After July 1, the Reading Room will be closed for construction.

While LSC librarians and staff work around-the-clock to safeguard and move materials and collections so that construction can commence, they are simultaneously creating additional remote access services for UCLA researchers over the summer. I will send out information about this temporary service once it is in place; meanwhile, please email LSC staff at with any questions and/or research needs.

As the steward of UCLA’s most rare and unique materials and collections, UCLA Library has long advocated for the replacement of LSC’s humidity control system, which was originally installed around 1970. While the timing is never ideal for projects like this one, the university is pursuing these upgrades now because of the heightened threat of mold and the age of the current system.

We are relieved that this critical infrastructure work will finally get done. Ensuring that our world-class collection of archives, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other rare and unique materials are protected for you and future generations is a primary focus of our work.

Our Special Collections librarians and staff appreciate your support as we work together with campus to create sustainable collection storage spaces, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Ahmanson-Murphy Reading Room this fall.


Virginia Steel
Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian