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Application for Reading Privileges

Past and current registered readers at the Huntington Library do not need to create a new Aeon account. If you are unsure whether or not you have an existing account, please contact reference@huntington.org before submitting this form.


Individuals wishing to apply for reading privileges at The Huntington should carefully review the requirements below.


Please fill out the online application form completely and carefully. Any missing values will reset the form.

Requirements for Faculty

Academic faculty, research librarians and curators are typical candidates for regular reader cards.


Cards are valid for one year from the date of issue and may be renewed upon request.


Qualifications:

  • Current or retired full-time faculty affiliated with institutions of higher learning who are working in an area well-supported by The Huntington's collections
  • Librarians and curators from research institutions
  • Applicants should possess advanced degrees appropriate to their discipline

Please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the button to proceed to the online application form.

Requirements for PhD Candidates

The Huntington Library grants reading privileges to students who have been admitted to PhD candidacy and are engaged in dissertation research. Cards are valid for one year from the date of issue.


Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy should complete the following application form (scroll to the bottom) and submit a signed letter from their dissertation adviser. The letter should confirm the student's academic status and should describe the nature of the proposed research and the need to consult The Huntington's collections.


Note: Current undergraduate, masters, and other students do not fall into this category.


The letter must be:


OR

  • Printed on institutional letterhead and mailed to:

The Huntington Library
c/o Reader Registration
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108


The application is considered incomplete and will not be processed until the adviser’s letter is received.


Please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the button to proceed to the online application form.

Requirements for Independent Scholars

Writers, teachers, artists, booksellers, and other unaffiliated researchers for whom access to The Huntington’s collections is necessary to complete a project may apply for reading privileges.


The duration of independent reader cards is determined on a case-by-case basis, and card renewals may require another application.


Independent researchers must submit two (2) signed letters of reference from scholars or professional associates who are familiar with their research and can attest to their need for access to the collections at the Huntington Library. Letters of reference should note specific collections the applicant wishes to consult, the applicant’s relevant publications, and any other accomplishments, training, or information that should be considered during the review of the application.


Note: Current undergraduate, masters, and other students do not fall into this category.


The letters must be:

OR

  • Printed on institutional letterhead and mailed to:

The Huntington Library
c/o Reader Registration
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108


The application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed until the two (2) letters of reference are received.


Please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the button to proceed to the online application form.

Application Process

On the Library Registration Form, go to “Registration Type” and choose “New Reader Application.”


Complete all required fields.


Applications for reading privileges are evaluated based on the selection from the drop-down table in the “Profession” field:

  • Faculty
  • Doctoral Candidates
  • Independent Scholars

To avoid processing delays, please ensure that your application is accurate before clicking on the “Submit Information” button at the bottom of the application screen. It is your responsibility to follow up with references and to make sure your application is complete.


Once your application has been processed, you will receive written notification by email from the Reader Services Department.


Average processing times are as follows:

  • Faculty – 1 week
  • Independent Scholars and PhD Candidates – 3 weeks
About your Username and Password

During application, you will be asked to choose a Username and Password. You will use this Username and Password when logging on to the Aeon system in the future, so please retain this information.


Username

Choose anything you like, such as your name, abbreviations, or an alphanumeric code. Usernames must be a combination of letters and numbers only (no special characters) and no longer than 20 characters. For example, it can be your first and last name combined (johndoe) or a combination of your first and last name (jdoe). Aeon will let you know if a username is already taken. Note: usernames are case sensitive.


Password

Choose anything you like. We recommend that you follow good security practice and choose a password that is different from your username and other passwords you use to access other systems. Aeon will encrypt your password, so it will remain secure. Only you will know your password.

Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Before registering, you may wish to read the Aeon FAQ. The FAQ may answer other questions you have about Aeon. For general information about Aeon, and a list of other libraries that use Aeon, please visit the Atlas Systems website.

Notice on Data Collection

The Huntington Library may retain indefinitely information we collect from you in connection with your use of rare material, including registration, circulation, imaging services requests, as well as other Huntington-related correspondence. Your information will not be shared with other parties except to address issues pertaining to the legality, security, and the administration of the collections.


Continuing with your registration indicates your acknowledgement of having read the above terms, conditions and notices, and confirms your agreement to observe them.


By clicking the button below, you accept our terms and conditions and will be taken to the online application form.