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Using the Library

Information for Readers.

COVID-19: Requirements for Visitors

In line with L.A. County’s new general guidelines for indoor public spaces, masks are optional for readers since we require everyone who is using the Library to provide proof of "up-to-date" vaccination status. Researchers who prefer to continue wearing a mask indoors are welcome to do so.

Reader Vaccination Policy

In its continued effort to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and patrons, The Huntington will require all readers to be "up-to-date" by Monday, March 7, 2022.  “Up-to-date” means a person is fully vaccinated and has received a booster dose or is fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible. In line with L.A. County’s new general guidelines for indoor public spaces, masks will be optional for readers since we will require everyone who is using the Library to provide proof of "up-to-date" vaccination status. 

By requesting an appointment to use the Library, you agree to follow the institution's vaccination policy and comply with the following requirements:

         You attest to being "up-to-date" and understand that you must present proof for entry.

         Each time you arrive for an appointment, be sure to bring:

  • Proof of your appointment AND
  • Current reader card (if already issued) AND
  • CDC Vaccination Card (original) or other original certificate issued by a governmental health service OR
  • Digital COVID-19 vaccine record with QR code OR
  • Digital image of the front of your original vaccine card that includes your full name, vaccine product name, and dates administered

Researchers must continue to follow health and safety guidelines.

Currently, we are unable to accept proof of a negative test or grant exemptions. We will update researchers when there are changes to institutional policy and library capacity.

As stated above, vaccine verification will be checked at the door each time you arrive for an appointment.

When making an appointment or contacting reference, do not upload any images of your vaccination record. Please do not share any medical information when communicating with Huntington staff.

Preparing for Your Library Visit

The library is open by appointment to researchers, including both first-time applicants and renewing readers. Before visiting the library, please be sure to have identified the materials you wish to see; start by searching Summon Discovery or contact us for help finding materials related to your research.

Use this checklist to prepare for your library visit:

  1. Create an account in Aeon, the library's online system, if you do not already have one. If you are unsure if you have an Aeon account with the Huntington, please contact us.
    • If you will be working with rare (primary source) materials, log in to Aeon to request the materials. Visit the how-to guide for step-by-step instructions. If you do not have rare materials requested, your appointment could be cancelled.
  2. Request an appointment at least three business days in advance of your visit. Reader Services staff will review your appointment request and follow up with you shortly. Only researchers with confirmed appointments will be admitted to the library.
    • Reader Services will schedule a 15-minute orientation for your first visit to issue your library card and review updated procedures.
  3. Review the reading room policies and rules of conduct outlined in this research guide.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Huntington's COVID-19 protocols for visitors.
  5. Bring a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license, state ID or passport) with you to your orientation appointment.

Please contact the library with questions about appointments.

When You Arrive

Access to the library is free; you do not need to pay admission to the Huntington grounds or become a member to visit. Parking is free. Rideshare commuters will find a designated drop-off zone near the Admissions courtyard, and there is a bicycle rack in the parking lot.

Proceed to the Munger Research Center, which is where the Reader Services office is located. See the map of the grounds for directions to the Munger.

The library operates during museum hours. Allow yourself extra time to make your way to the Munger Research Center.

Check-in at the reception desk in the Munger lobby. Security staff will ask you to present an appointment confirmation and a photo ID.

Please store bags and personal items in the locker room outside the Reader Services office after checking in. Feel free to borrow a clear plastic bag (available in the locker room) if you need assistance carrying your belongings.

Your first visit to the library will include a 15-minute orientation to issue your library card and review library procedures. Reader Services will contact you to schedule the orientation after your reading room appointment is confirmed.

Library Holiday Closures: 2022 - 2023

Holiday closures for the Library include:

  • Monday, June 20, 2022 - Juneteenth
  • Monday, July 4, 2022 - Independence Day
  • Monday, September 5, 2022 - Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 24 - Sunday, November 27, 2022 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break
  • Friday, December 23, 2022 - January 2, 2023 - Christmas and New Year Holiday Break
  • Monday, January 16, 2023 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 29, 2023 - President's Day
  • Monday, May 29, 2023 - Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 19, 2023 - Juneteenth