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Using the Library

Information for Readers

Library Information

Because of the special nature of our collections, the library observes the following policies:

  • The Huntington's collection is non-circulating; all materials must be used within the library.
  • Researchers must make an appointment before coming to the library and bring proof of identity before receiving a library card.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the library.
  • We strongly encourage readers to bring a minimum of personal belongings into the library. Personal items may not be stored in the library overnight or for extended periods of time.
  • Food and beverages must be enjoyed outside of the Library.

Additional Acknowledgments

  • Security cameras monitor the library during all hours.
  • When leaving the library, readers will be asked to open their bags and laptop cases for security inspection.
  • The Huntington Library is not responsible for any lost or damaged personal property, including electronic devices.
  • California state law authorizes the detention for a reasonable period of any person using these facilities suspected of committing "Library Theft" (Penal Code Section 490.5).

Community Code of Conduct

The Huntington Library is dedicated to making the research experience as rewarding and productive as possible for all readers and to preserving our collections for future generations of scholars. Please help us in following these guidelines in order to secure the stability of our collections and ensure a respectful and comfortable working environment for everyone.

Readers must treat Huntington property and members of The Huntington community (such as employees, visitors and readers) with care and respect.  All readers are expected to contribute to an atmosphere that is conducive to research and respects the rights, diversity, and privacy of others. 

It is important to adhere to The Huntington's policies, which prohibits the following activities on Huntington grounds:

  • Possessing firearms, weapons or any other hazardous substance or device.
  • Smoking, using tobacco or marijuana, or conducting business or research under the influence of alcohol.
  • Endangering or threatening person(s) or property, including threatening actions or speech, or the disruption of work.
  • Harassing, intimidating, or coercing any Huntington community member.
  • Using the library's computers or wireless internet to gain unauthorized access to information systems, violate the privacy of others, or access/disseminate material that violates federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

Lastly, in an event of an evacuation, whether a drill or emergency, instructions from Huntington staff must be followed.