Access our Special Collections

Special Collections & Archives house a wide range of rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps, photographs, artworks, films, sound recordings, archives, and digital files. It is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, no appointment required.


UC San Diego faculty, staff, students, and the general public are able to view materials in Special Collections Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, except University holidays. Appointments are not necessary, but many materials are stored offsite and need to be paged to Special Collections & Archives prior to your visit. Select items have also been digitized and are available for viewing remotely.

Special Collections can provide scanning services assistance to non-UC San Diego researchers in accordance with the duplication policy. Please visit the Special Collections & Archives Services page for information about requesting materials.

Special Collections & Archives contains a number of collections of distinction including the following. Please click on collection titles for more information regarding contents and access.