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

Using the Library

Every year, researchers from over 30 countries visit the Library’s reading rooms and thousands more remote researchers make use of the Library’s virtual services and digital collections.

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.

Start Your Research

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Library Hours

The library is open by appointment
Weekdays: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Special Collections Reading Room only)
Closed Sundays, major holidays, and other planned closures.

Help and Virtual Services

Search the Library’s collections and discover more resources at The Huntington. Discover something of interest? Apply for access to the Library and request an appointment (subject to availability).

  • Ask Us

    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.

  • Apply for Access

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

  • Request an Appointment

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

  • Virtual Reading Room

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

  • Huntington Digital Library

    High resolution images can be accessed and downloaded for free.

  • Order Reproductions

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