Using the Library

For more than 80 years The Huntington Library 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 visit Admission to the Research Library


Munger Research Center

The 90,000-square-foot Munger Research Center doubled the size of the Library providing storage capacity for further collections development, work space for scholars and staff, classrooms for educational activities, and facilities for conservation, preservation, digital imaging, and photography.


Hours of Operation

The Library is open to holders of current readers' cards Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Library is closed to readers on the following days: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.


Reader Services Department

The Reader Services Department manages applications for reading privileges and is responsible for registration and orientation to the Library. For information concerning  the use of the library, please visit Admission to the Research Library, Information for Readers or email


The Reader Services department also provides reference services and manages the reference collection. General bibliographical inquiries, questions on specific Library holdings, and reference questions pertinent to materials held by the Library may be directed to

Reader Services Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Phone: 626-405-2191
Fax: 626-405-3477

Please note the Library cannot provide appraisals of rare materials.

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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