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Special Collections & Archives at UCSC

selecting and requesting materials, hiring a locally based researcher

Finding Our Collections

​Search the Library's holdings to discover materials on your subject: 

  • use the "Special Collections Request Form" link in any record to request it

Use Online Archive of California to see collection guides for many archival collections:

  • use the "Request Items" link in any record to request it

Use UCSC's Digital Collections to view digitized materials from Special Collections & Archives:

  • photographs, maps, artwork, oral history transcripts, campus publications, sound recordings and more
  • search across all digital materials, or narrow your search using the search options provided

Requesting Our Collections

Please read our Access Policy for guidelines to accessing Special Collections & Archives materials.

Create an account in the UCSC Special Collections Request System to manage your reader requests to access or reproduce Special Collections & Archives materials. Using your account in this system, you can:

  • submit requests for books, journals/newspapers, manuscript and archives materials that you discover when searching Library holdings, looking at collection guides in the Online Archive of California (OAC), or browsing selected collections in the UCSC Library’s Digital Collections 
  • submit requests in advance of a visit to the library, or while at the library. Please note: some materials, including maps, items stored offsite, or unprocessed collections, require advance notice.
  • submit requests for scans or photocopies of special collections materials
  • track the status of requests, and access detailed information about past requests

IMPORTANT information on requesting materials stored OFFSITE

All items with the assigned location Special Collections NRLF are stored offsite (at the Northern Regional Library Facility) and may require advance notice of a week or more in order to arrange access. Special Collections items are only shipped from NRLF once per week, on Wednesday afternoons. Your request must be received by 3pm on Monday for delivery that same week. Here's how to order these materials:

  • Request Special Collections NRLF materials via our Special Collections Request System (the same way you'd order other Special Collections materials)
  • Please wait for a confirmation email from us to tell you that your requests have arrived before coming to the library
  • Need more than five items from Special Collections NRLF? Planning a dedicated research trip to visit UCSC to consult items from Special Collections NRLF? Please contact us at or phone 831-459-2547 and we'll help

Hiring a Locally Based Researcher

If you are unable to come to UCSC Special Collections & Archives personally to examine materials, consider hiring a local researcher. Please contact us at to request a current list of independent researchers who are available for hire.

If you prefer to hire a UCSC student to assist you with your research, you may post a job through UCSC's Career Center