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How to view material in-person in the reading room

The Verle & Elizabeth Annis Reading Room will be open to all visitors, Monday through Friday 12 PM - 4PM. Please be advised that per UCI's Policy, face coverings are required indoors.

You can request your material in advance through our Special Collections request management system, Aeon. For detailed instructions on how to request material and schedule your visit, please see the “Search Our Collections” page.

How to make a reference appointment with SCA Staff

You can make an appointment (either in person or via Zoom) with specific SCA staff directly through the Contact Us page. We can provide you with subject area expertise, help you identify relevant materials, and provide assistance for using our Special Collections request management system, Aeon.

How to search for and request material to view in person

Instructions on searching and requesting material to view in person can be found on our Search Our Collections page. If you are looking for a book or a serial, use Library Search. To directly review the finding aids for our archival collections, use the Online Archive of California. You can request material via the "request items" link on the record. This will take you to a form in our Special Collections request management system, Aeon, where you can schedule a visit in the reading room or request scans of material.

How to request scans of material 

We can provide complimentary partial scans of books and serials and up to 2 boxes and 4 folders per box of archival material for research purposes excluding Audio-Visual material per quarter. Oversized materials are approved on case by case basis. Duplications requests can be made via the same form for requesting material in our Special Collections request management system, Aeon.  Be sure to select "Duplication Request" on the form before submitting.

Please visit the Request Duplication page for additional details and restrictions, including information about copyright and permissions. Requests for scans from the Jacques Derrida papers, must be approved in advance by filling out the Jacques Derrida Papers Request Form. 

We highly encourage our patrons to visit us to consult the materials whenever possible. With limited staff, we can not guarantee the fulfillment of your request within a certain date. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Where to view our digital collections

You can view existing digitized material through our Digital Collections portal. We recommend starting with Calisphere which is the most up-to-date repository. If you are looking for digital primary sources in general, we also recommend reviewing the Primary Sources Research Guide