Starting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, UCR Special Collections and University Archives is offering limited in-person research appointments for UC-affiliated students, faculty, and staff.

UC-affiliates who wish to view microfilm or physical materials from Special Collections & University Archives must make a research appointment.

Reproduction (digitization) orders are available for free to UC-affiliated patrons (to learn more, please see our FAQ page), and are available for a fee to the general public.

Consultations and reference services are also available through email or by appointment on Zoom.

In-person appointments

Throughout Summer 2021, research appointments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Each appointment is up to three hours long and may be scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

All-day appointments (from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) are available, however all researchers must exit the building from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.

Besides this one-hour break, re-entry is not allowed after exiting the building.

Please arrive on time for your appointment. Late arrivals will not be accommodated.

How to request an appointment

To request an in-person appointment, please contact with your proposed date and time. If approved, you will receive a confirmation email.

Please submit a separate request for items using our Special Collections Request System, upon receiving confirmation of your appointment.

Requests for items must be submitted at least 72 hours before your appointment date; same-day and walk-in requests will not be fulfilled.

Safety Guidelines and Precautions

Special Collections & University Archives is committed to the safety of its patrons and staff. All patrons and staff must properly wear a mask when indoors. A maximum of four researchers (one per table) will be allowed per appointment slot.

In addition, plexiglass has been installed, touchless check-in will be utilized, researchers will be socially distanced, research stations will be sanitized regularly, and hand sanitizer will be available.

To learn more about UCR’s campus-wide response, please visit Environmental Health & Safety here.