A view from above of people sitting at tables and reading in a library with books all around.

Using the Library

Researchers ages 18+ may request an appointment to use the Library’s reading rooms upon establishing a research need that requires the use of The Huntington’s collections, identifying specific materials, and presenting the required form(s) of identification at orientation. Proof of vaccination and booster is required to use the Library.

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Get help with your research and find answers to frequently asked questions, including forgotten passwords, how to request scans, access to the Library, and more.

Discover something of interest? Apply for access to the Library.

All readers need an appointment to use The Huntington’s reading rooms.

Schedule an appointment to view rare materials via a mediated streaming document camera from anywhere.

High resolution images can be accessed and downloaded for free.

The Library provides reproductions of material in its collections. Create an Aeon account to begin.

Library Hours

The library is open by appointment
Weekdays: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.–noon (Special Collections Reading Room only)
Closed Sundays, major holidays, and other planned closures.