About Requesting Materials

You must have an Aeon account to request Special Collections materials. We have integrated Aeon into our Library Search catalog and online finding aids on the Online Archive of California (OAC). We highly recommend searching for and paging our materials through these systems to ensure accuracy and efficiency.

Material can be requested in advance of your visit, or in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Requests made for materials stored onsite generally take 10-30 minutes to retrieve.

Most of our manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite. Requests for those collections must be requested at least 7 business days in advance.  Please check your Aeon account to confirm that the item is ready for your use before visiting our Reading Room.

To ensure that we serve all researchers’ needs in a fair and timely manner, there is currently a request limit of 7 active requests per researcher. After submitting 7 requests in Aeon, you will not be able to submit additional active requests until you have finished with at least one existing request. The request limit does not apply to duplication orders or permission requests.

You may save requests to submit later by choosing the “Save for future consideration” option in the Aeon request form. Please note that any request you have placed in the “Save for future consideration” category is not processed until you select and submit it from the “Unsubmitted Requests” listing under the “Requests” menu in the left-hand navigational bar.

Email SpecColl@ucdavis.edu with any questions regarding your requests.