The Special Collections (Ahmanson) Reading Room is reserved for viewing rare (primary source) materials, including rare books, manuscript collections and visual materials. Use your Aeon account to request rare materials for delivery to the reading room; visit the Aeon instruction guide for step-by-step details.
The Special Collections Reading Room is accessible through the Reader Services office. Upon entering the reading room, check in with the attendant at the circulation desk for a seat assignment.
All rare materials are held at the circulation desk. Please see the attendant to obtain your holds and check out rare materials.
Library staff retrieve rare materials at:
Materials are typically delivered to the reading room within the hour. Track your requests in real time on your Aeon account dashboard.
Materials are collected 15 minutes before the reading room closes. At the end of your visit, bring the rare materials to the circulation desk. You may return the materials or keep them on hold for your next visit. Materials will be removed from the reading room after two weeks of no check-out activity.
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.
The General Collections Reading Room has open seating. Feel free to begin working at any open seat.
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 open to readers:
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 closed to readers. 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.
To ensure the long-term preservation of our collections, we ask that rare materials are carefully handled as follows: