Admission to the Research Library


For more than 80 years the Library has served scholars with its collections of rare books, manuscripts, graphic materials, and reference works for the scholarly study of British and American history and literature, the history of science, and the history of the book.


Application for Reading Privileges 

Individuals wishing to apply for reading privileges at The Huntington should submit an application to the Reader Services Department. For application requirements and instructions, please visit Aeon, The Huntington's collection management and reader registration system.


Renewal of Reading Privileges

Current qualifying readers with expired reader cards can schedule a renewal appointment onlineIf it has been 10 years or more since you last visited The Huntington to conduct research as a reader, please contact Reader Services for instructions.

To check the renewal eligibility of a reader card, or for answers to any other access questions, please contact Reader Services at or call 626-405-2191.

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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