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Researching at the Huntington Library

Information on using the Huntington Library.

Thank you for your interest in the Huntington Library. We are an independent research center for the humanities that welcomes researchers from all over the world. The Library holds more than 11 million items that span from the 11th through the 21st century. Its diverse materials center on 14 intersecting collection strengths. The Huntington is situated on 207 acres in San Marino, California. In addition to the Library and Art Collections, 120 acres are maintained as Botanical Gardens for public enjoyment.

The Reader Services Office, located within the library in the Munger Research Center, is happy to assist you with your research. The Library reading room and materials are only available to registered readers. Learn how to become a reader.

Current events for registered readers in Reader Services:

  • Brown Bag lectures: To learn about upcoming Brown Bag lectures, contact Reader Services.
  • Reader Services has a monthly newsletter. Contact the library if you are interested in signing up.
  • Reader Coffee Hour in the Donno Reader Lounge on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and tea on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
  • Weekly Library orientation tours for new readers every Monday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Reader Services Office.

Library FAQs

Where is the library located?
The Library is located in the Munger Research Center. A map of the grounds, including directions to the Munger Research Center from the admission office, can be found on our website.

Who can use the library?
The Huntington welcomes inquiries about its collections and requests for reproductions from everyone, including members of the public and off-site researchers. The Library reading room and materials are only available to registered readers. Learn how to become a reader.

Questions?
The Reader Services Office, located within the library in the Munger Research Center, is happy to assist you with your research questions. Questions may be submitted by contacting the library. Your question will be routed to appropriate staff members including the Library's curators. You can reach us by phone at 626-405-2191. Please note that we monitor email accounts and the reference phone line Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Can I check out materials?
The Huntington's collection is noncirculating; all of the materials must be used within the library. The library has two reading rooms. Readers can access rare materials, including rare books, manuscripts, maps and photographs, in the Ahmanson Reading Room. General collection materials and periodicals can be found in the Rothenberg Reading Room.

What types of materials does The Huntington have in its collections?
See the Library Collections page for an overview of our holdings.

What is Aeon?
All readers are required to register through our online electronic system, Aeon. All requests for Huntington rare materials are also processed through Aeon. Learn more on our Access Rare Materials page.

How can I renew my reader card?
Reader card renewals are by appointment only and must be booked online.