Library facilities are closed until further notice except for quiet study space. For help with remote instruction and learning, see Teaching and Learning Continuity.

Archival Research Services

The Archives and Special Collections reading room is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. We will be able to provide limited online reference service during this closure.

The UCSF Archives and Special Collections reading room is free and open to the public. Due to the unique and often fragile nature of our collections, these materials are available for access under supervised use and by appointment only. For those that are unable to visit, we also offer remote reference, reproduction, and research services at an hourly rate.

Plan Your Visit

Appointments in the Reading Room

  • Open to the public at no charge
  • Available for appointments each week, Mon.-Wed., from 9am-4pm.
  • Please use the calendar to make an appointment


  • We are located inside UCSF Library at 530 Parnassus Avenue, Room 527
  • The reading room is on the 5th floor, to the right when you walk out of the elevators.
reading room table

Policies and Procedures

  • Please bring a photo ID when you come to the Archives
  • No food or beverages in our reading room
  • Policy on fees and reproductions
  • We do allow the use of personal cameras in the reading to make low resolution photographs for research use only. Flash photography, high resolution photography, and noise that might be disruptive to other researchers is prohibited. Further information about our reproduction polices.

Publications and Projects

List of publications and other projects based on research using our archival holdings.

Connect with us

Archives and Special Collections Newsletter

Find us

Open to the public by appointment
Monday – Wednesday, 9am – 4pm

530 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, Fifth Floor