The Special Collections and Archives Reading Room is currently closed until further notice. All Special Collections staff are working remotely and in-person services are closed. All other services will be limited and delayed.
We preserve, share, and promote the Library's unique and most rare holdings for use by UCSC's academic community, visiting scholars, and the general public. We support the University's academic program and its instructional and research interests, document the cultural heritage of the Santa Cruz region, and maintain the historical record of UCSC.
Our materials support a variety of research projects and include a broad variety of collections, including local history, book arts, photography, UCSC history, rare books, music, literary archives, history of science, oral histories, artworks and artifacts, and pop culture.
Want to learn more?
Special Collections & Archives offers subject-specific instruction sessions that introduce students to manuscripts and archives, early printed books, fine press editions, and artists' books. Sessions aim at exposing students to unique and rare materials in our collections that relate to your course, and every class visit is created in collaboration with the teacher to meet course goals. Please fill out a to request a meeting to discuss how we can collaborate with you on your upcoming class.