We ask all readers to observe the following policies while using the library.
The Special Collections (Ahmanson) Reading Room is reserved for viewing rare (primary source) materials, including rare books, manuscript collections and visual materials. The reading room is accessible through the Reader Services office. Visit the how-to guide for information about requesting rare materials through Aeon, our online system.
When you scheduled your reading room appointment, you were assigned a table. Check yourself into your assigned table by scanning the QR code at the table or by following the link in your appointment confirmation email.
All rare materials are held at the Ahmanson circulation desk. Please see the Ahmanson attendant to obtain your holds and check out rare materials.
Rare materials are retrieved Monday through Friday at 8:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Requests submitted after 1:00 pm will be retrieved the following day. .
The reading room attendant will notify you when there are 15 minutes left in your appointment. At the end of your appointment, bring the rare materials to the circulation desk. You may return the materials or keep them on hold for your next visit. Materials may be held for up to two weeks.
N.B. Researchers scheduled for an appointment in the Special Collections (Ahmanson) Reading Room may use an open seat in the General Collections (Rothenberg) Reading Room when not working with rare materials on a first-come, first-served basis. Sit at any open seat marked "Ahmanson Appointment/Fellows." No additional appointment for the Rothenberg is required.
The General Collections (Rothenberg) Reading Room is a quiet study space reserved for research with general collections (secondary source) materials, such as printed and published books, journals, magazines, and more.
When you scheduled your reading room appointment, you were assigned a seat. Check yourself into your assigned seat by scanning the QR code at the table or by following the link in your appointment confirmation email.
You may check out or request up to 10 general collection items per day, with a maximum total of 20 items checked out at a time. Materials can be held for 60 days. To return an item, place it on the "Returns" book truck in the Rothenberg. The Huntington's collection is non-circulating; all materials must be used within the library.
General collections materials are self-serve; you can retrieve these materials directly from the shelf. See the Library Map for shelf locations.
The following General Collections stacks areas are :
Materials from these areas must be checked out at the self-checkout station in the Donno Lounge.
The East, South, and North Wing Basements remain . You can request general collections materials in closed stacks areas through your My Library account. Instructions for setting up your account and requesting materials can be found on the My Library how-to guide.
N.B. The Rothenberg is closed on Saturdays to both readers and staff. .
To ensure the long-term preservation of our collections, we ask that rare materials are carefully handled as follows: