Owing to the value and fragility of items in the collections, it is necessary to maintain materials under special conditions. Material does not circulate but is available in the Special Collections Reading Room to all users of the library. Advance notice is required for use of some material in Special Collections so that it can be retrieved from storage.
Please see our Conditions of Use for more information on using materials in our reading room.
We have special conditions for use and handling requirements which all researchers must follow. The rules below are designed to protect collections while providing the best possible service to users.
To find a collection, archive, or book: Search Cruzcat for archives and other material in Special Collections by limiting the location to McHenry Spec Coll. Cruzcat records give the call number and a summary of the collection. Links to finding aids are included when available.
For more detailed information about a collection: Search the Online Archive of California for electronic finding aids to many of the collections. Finding aids include more detailed information about papers or records within a collection. Note: Finding aids are not available for all collections.
Find Digital Collections: Browse UCSC's digital collections on UCSC and local history, maps, and more.
If you wish to request a Special Collections item stored at the Northern Regional Library Fascility (NRLF) please place a request by searching our Library catalog, Cruzcat, click Spec Coll Request, and submit a request form via the Special Collections Request System.
Special Collections items are shipped from NRLF once per week, on Thursday afternoons. Your request must be received by 3pm on Tuesday for delivery that same week. Only five items may be requested per week. If you need to request more than five items please contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 831-459-2547.