Using the Library

For more than 80 years The Huntington has collected rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other textual and graphic materials important for the study of British and American history and literature, the history of science and technology, and the history of the book. The Library provides access to these materials in its reading rooms, where they may be studied by qualified scholars, known as readers. For information about becoming a Huntington reader please review the Reader Requirements and Application for Reading Privileges on Aeon, The Huntington's collection management and reader registration system.

Hours for Researchers

The Library is open to holders of current readers' cards Monday through Saturday:

Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


Rare material is available in the Ahmanson Reading Room Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


The Library is closed to readers on the following holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 22-25), Christmas weekend (Dec 22-25), and New Year’s weekend (Dec 29-Jan 1).


Botanical Library

The Huntington's Botanical Division also maintains a curatorial collection not open to the general public. Readers at The Huntington may request materials from the Botanical Library through the Reader Services Department.


About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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