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The Rare Books Department


Located on Level Three (L3) of the Goodhue Building.

Phone: (213) 228-7350  |  Fax: (213) 228-7239  |  E-mail (form)

Hours of Operation

Items in the Rare Books collection are available by appointment only. Please note that materials are not available for check-out.

Department Staff

  • Ani Boyadjian, Department Manager (213) 228-7223
  • Sheila Nash, Senior Librarian (213) 228-7242
  • Emma Roberts, Subject Specialist (213) 228-7350

Materials & Collections

Rare books has over 16,000 volumes predominately in English and Spanish, dating from the fifteenth century. The majority of materials were published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Core Collections

  • California History
  • Mexicana
  • Bullfighting
  • Pacific voyages
  • Food and wine
  • Costume
  • Travel in North America, Europe and the Near East
  • History of the book and printing
  • Ornithology
  • American Indians

Special Collections