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.

Reading room appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Apply for access to the library and request an appointment (subject to availability). 

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

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.

Order Reproductions

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.

Reader Accounts

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.

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.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Request appointment

About Fellowships

Available Fellowships
Joint Professorships/
Collaborative Fellowships

Apply for a Fellowship
Fellowship FAQs
Awarded Fellowships