Visiting the Library

The Ahmanson Reading Room at the Huntington Library is open by appointment to researchers who wish to consult rare materials, including both first-time applicants and returning readers.

Complete the form below to request an appointment to use the Ahmanson Reading Room. Appointments are available for a morning session (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or an afternoon session (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

Appointments must be requested at least five business days in advance of when you'd like to visit. Researchers may request up to two appointments per week.

After the form is submitted, Reader Services will contact you by email to confirm your appointment. Only researchers with confirmed appointments will be admitted to the library.

To prepare for your visit, please create an account in Aeon, the library's online registration and request management system. If you are unsure if you already have an Aeon account with the Huntington, please contact us.

Use Aeon to request  the rare materials you anticipate working with at least two business days in advance of your visit. Step-by-step instructions for requesting materials through Aeon are available in our how-to guide.

We highly encourage you to check out the Using the Library guide for more information about getting to the Huntington and preparing for your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to the library!

Library Information

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Email or call the library for assistance with your research or to inquire about library services.

Library Hours:
The Ahmanson Reading Room is open by appointment only Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed weekends and major holidays.

New - vaccination required for readers

As the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread across the country and the related hospitalization of unvaccinated individuals rises, The Huntington  is requiring all researchers to be fully vaccinated (two weeks have passed since their final dose) by the date of their appointment, effective September 7, 2021.  

By requesting an appointment for the Ahmanson Reading Room, you agree to follow the institution’s vaccination policy and comply with the Library's COVID-19 health requirements.

Book an Appointment

Before submitting an appointment form, please remember to:

  • Review the Library's COVID-19 health requirements.
  • Create an account in Aeon, the library's online system.
  • Identify the rare materials you wish to consult during your visit. Start by searching the library catalog, or contact us for help finding materials related to your research.
  • Request rare materials through Aeon at least two business days in advance of your visit. Step-by-step instructions for requesting materials through Aeon are available in the how-to guide. If your materials have not been requested in advance, your appointment could be canceled.

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the library.

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