Using the Library
The library's Ahmanson Reading Room is open to researchers by appointment only. As of July 1, 2021, access is limited to those who wish to consult rare materials including both first-time applicants and renewing readers. We will continue to expand access as we are able over the coming months.
Reading room access can be provided to any individual age 18+ upon establishing a research need that requires use of The Huntington's collections, identifying specific materials, and presenting the required form(s) of identification at orientation. Due to space constraints, the reading room cannot accommodate group visits.
If you are visiting the library for the first time, you must make an appointment and request materials at least five business days in advance. The library's collections are non-circulating and are used within the reading room or other designated spaces within the library.
Proof of vaccination is required to enter the library as of Sept. 7, 2021. See our Using the Library guide for more information.
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. Connect with us via live chat Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
The library provides reproductions of material to both registered readers and the public. Orders for reproductions are filled by The Huntington's Imaging Services department and should be placed through Aeon, the library's online request system. Researchers should note that currently digitized materials can be accessed and downloaded for free via the Huntington Digital Library. Learn more about imaging services.
Visit the Virtual Reading Room
Remote researchers can schedule an appointment to view rare materials via a mediated streaming document camera from anywhere with the Virtual Reading Room.
Update your contact information and manage your reading history using the following tools.
Aeon System - Apply for access to the library, create an account to request images, place requests for special collections material, access your Huntington Aeon account.
MyLibrary! - Current readers can access e-journals, reading history, saved catalog searches, and more.