The Ahmanson Reading Room is reserved for viewing rare 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 supervisor to obtain your holds and check out rare materials.
Reading room appointments last three hours; the reading room supervisor 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.
We ask all readers to observe the following policies while using the library.
To ensure the long-term preservation of our collections, we ask that rare materials are carefully handled as follows: