A white building with numerous pillars and a spanish tile roof with a green lawn in front.

Library

The Huntington Library is one of the world's great independent research libraries, with more than eleven million items spanning the 11th to 21st centuries.

Every year, researchers from over 30 countries make over 20,000 research visits to the Library's reading rooms, and thousands more remote researchers make use of the Library's virtual services and digital collections. Some 75 Library staff play a critical role in cultivating and expanding access to the collections, creating new opportunities for discovery and engagement, and ensuring that collections are preserved for the future.

People sit at tables doing research in the Ahmanson Reading Room

Using the Library

Every year, researchers from more than 30 countries make over 20,000 research visits to the Library's reading rooms, and thousands more make use of the Library's virtual services and digital collections.

Library News

A Founding Document

text on old manuscript

In September 1758, the 62-year-old Lt. Col. Conrad Weiser (1696–1760), a veteran Indian interpreter, recorded a speech delivered by a man whose name he rendered as Ackowano Thio, or Ackowanothio. The original record of the speech is now on display in the Library’s Main Exhibition Hall, next to a rare printing of the Declaration of Independence.

What Is the Future of Shakespeare?

drawing of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare remained the most produced playwright in the world in 2022, but will he maintain that status by 2050? While major research libraries continue to build their collections around their Shakespearean holdings, the purpose of the research library is in flux.

Huntington Acquires Parkinson Archive

john-parkinson-365x274

The Huntington has acquired the archive of notable early 20th-century Los Angeles architects John and Donald Parkinson. The little-known cache contains more than 20,000 items, including drawings, blueprints, office records, photographs, and ephemera.

rare book opened to page of world map

About The Library

  • One of the world’s largest collections of British medieval manuscripts, including the 15th-century Ellesmere manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
  • One of 12 surviving copies on vellum of the Gutenberg Bible, the jewel of the second-largest collection of incunabula (15th-century printed books) in the United States.
  • A leading repository for Americana, including extensive holdings for Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson, and such gems as the original manuscript of Franklin’s autobiography.
  • Extensive collections on the American West, including the great 19th-century photographic surveys and original sources about overland migration, industry and transport, and Native Americans.