Using the Library
The Huntington’s Library is an independent research center for the humanities that welcomes qualified researchers (known as readers at The Huntington) from all over the world. Over 1,700 researchers from over 30 countries conduct research in the Library every year.
Become a Reader
Libraries in Los Angeles County are not yet authorized to open for in-person services. We do not have a date for reopening to researchers at this time, however, when the Library does reopen, it will be at greatly reduced capacity, in accordance with social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. We will share further information about reopening when we have it.
When we reopen, access to the Library's Ahmanson reading room will be by appointment. Although we are still accepting applications for access, we are unable to schedule or guarantee future appointments at this time. Should you submit an application for access, a member of the Reader Services staff will be in contact with you. All applicants must be engaged in research in an area well-supported by the Library's collections.
In addition to planning for adjustments to our in-person services, we are currently improving and expanding our online content systems and virtual reference resources. We encourage you to contact Reference with your questions and to visit our Library at Home research guide for more information.