Water Resource Collections and Archives


Planning Your Visit

Planning Your Visit

WRCA rare print and manuscript collections can be accessed in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room, located on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm.

WRCA circulating material can be accessed on the 1st floor of the Orbach Science Library during normal operating hours

Schedule an Appointment

Researchers using WRCA rare print and manuscript collections will need to register using the Special Collections Request System account by clicking here and following the instructions provided. All requests must include the call/collection numbers of the materials that you would like to view. If you do not know the call/collection numbers, you may first search Scotty our online catalog for published material or the Online Archive of California for our manuscript collections. A valid photo indentification card is required to use materials. Researchers are advised to request materials at least 24 hours in advance of their visit in order to avoid delays upon arrival.

For circulating materials from the collection, please see the Orbach Science Library hours to plan your visit. Items that circulate may be accessed at your leisure during library hours and are subject to general library policies for lending.

If you have questions or need special arrangements you may contact us via email at specialcollections@ucr.edu.

Parking for Special Collections & University Archives

Please refer to our Campus Map for an illustrated view of the UCR campus and surrounding area.

2-4 hours Short Term Parking

Lot 6 meter parking -- 2 hour parking permits can be purchased at the walk-up kiosk in Lot 6. The cost is $4 for 2 hours at a time. The kiosk only accepts credit or debit cards.

Directions to Lot 6:

  • 215/60 Moreno Valley Freeway:
  • Exit University Avenue
  • From Los Angeles, make a Left on University Avenue
  • From San Diego, make a Right on University Avenue
  • Right on West Campus Drive
  • Proceed on West Campus Drive
  • Make a left into the Lot 6 Driveway and proceed to the pay by space parking.

All Day Parking

"All Day" Permits for available parking lots can be purchased for $8 at the West Campus Drive Kiosk (only cash or check accepted) or at the Transportation and Parking Services office (accepts cash, check, Visa or MasterCard). Although lot 6 is the closest to Rivera Library restrictions may apply for all day parking. Please inquire with the Kiosk or Transportation and Parking Services office.

Directions to Kiosk on West Campus Drive:

  • Follow the directions above from the Freeway
  • Stop at the kiosk on West Campus Drive to purchase a day permit (be sure to specify Rivera Library as your destination)

Using Our Collections

Please review the Special Collections & University Archives reading room guidelines for detailed information about use of rare print and manuscript materials here

Reproduction Policy and Fees

WRCA does not allow researchers to photocopy or scan any archival materials. We offer reproduction services and will kindly scan or copy materials at the rates described in our fee schedules here

Researchers have the option to take pictures of materials using their own camera, please see the reading room guidelines here.

We look forward to working with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Contact Us


 Rare Print & Manuscript Collections
Special Collections & University Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th floor
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm

  Circulating Material
Orbach Science Library, 1st Floor
Library Hours
Reference Services

Last modified: 9/8/2015 9:51 AM by E. Milenkiewicz

UCR Contact Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th Floor
PO Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, CA 92517-5900

Tel: 951-827-3233    Fax: 951-827-4673    email Email

CSUSB Contact Information

Water Resources Institute, CSUSB
Boykin Witherspoon III, Institute Director
California State University, San Bernardino
PL-401 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407-2318

Tel: 909-537-3685    email Email