Using the Library
Both of the Library's reading rooms are open to readers by appointment. (Readers are library users who hold a current library card or who have made an appointment with Reader Services to register as a first-time user or renew their card. )
Appointments are required to enter the Library and readers must present proof of "up-to-date" vaccination status (1 or 2 dose vaccine + a booster) upon entry to the Munger Research Center.
See our Using the Library guide for more information.
Readers may request an appointment to consult rare materials in the Ahmanson Reading Room or reserve a seat in the Rothenberg Reading Room to consult the general collections. Readers with an Ahmanson appointment may use an open seat in the Rothenberg when not working with rare materials, if available.
Reading room access can be provided to any individual age 18+ upon establishing a research need that requires the use of The Huntington's collections, identifying specific materials, and presenting the required form(s) of identification at orientation.
Reading room appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m. Effective January 22, 2022, the Ahmanson Reading Room will open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for viewing rare materials only.
The library is closed Sundays, major holidays, and on other planned closures.
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.