Research and Learning

The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. Each year, The Huntington:

  • Provides 1,700 scholars with access to a world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts
  • Awards $2.1 million in fellowships to scholars for advanced humanities research
  • Educates thousands of schoolchildren and their teachers in art, history, literature, and botanical science through special tours, programs, and professional development
  • Supports partnerships and institutes furthering research in the humanities
  • Organizes special exhibitions and programming to enhance the visitor experience, interpret the collections, and facilitate life-long learning for more than 800,000 visitors annually

Only a small portion of the collections are on view to the public, but the collections are vast and represent three main collection areas; library collections, art collections, and botanical collections.

Research and Scholars

The Huntington's Library is an independent research center for the humanities that welcomes advanced researchers from all over the world. Researchers from over 30 countries visit every year to study the Library's collection of 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. Researchers studying the art collections will find notable British and American paintings; innumerable fine prints and photographs; and an art reference library. The Botanical Gardens reference library includes a broad collection of reference works in botany, horticulture, and gardening, as well as living collections. We welcome qualified researchers (known as readers at The Huntington) and scholars on fellowship, and provide them access to our reading room and collections. Access to the reading room and our materials can only be granted to registered readers. More on Using the Library

Scientist conducting botanical research
Botanical Research
Painting of a state fair
Art Research
Black and white photo of Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico
Centers and Institutes
Researcher looking at Octavia Butler archival material
Library Research
Reader doing research in the Library
Closeup of conservation work on paper
Preservation and Conservation
Instructor speaking with students in front of botanical prints

Search the Library

Search the Library’s collections and discover more resources at The Huntington and other academic archives.

Research Resources

Using the Library
Library Catalog
Huntington Digital Library
Library Collections
Ask a Librarian
Library Contacts

Hours for Researchers

The Library is open by appointment only. Appointments are available Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m, and Sat. from 9 a.m.–noon.
Request appointment

About Fellowships

Available Fellowships
Joint Professorships/
Collaborative Fellowships

Apply for a Fellowship
Fellowship FAQs
Awarded Fellowships