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CalArts Special Collections & Institute Archives


The CalArts Library’s Special Collections & Institute Archives department houses collections of rare and unique materials of enduring cultural and historical value in support of research and art making by scholars, artists, students, and the general public.

Parking on campus is free. Special Collections and the Institute Archives are located in the library, on the 2nd floor of CalArts' Main Building.

Institute Archives 

The Institute Archives is under renovation and closed. We will reopen October 2, 2017. 

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding

We offer a number of services to help you access and interact with our collections. You may:

  • Search our collections 
  • Ask a question (see form below)
  • For off-site researchers, submit a request for simple research services by Archivist. (Extended research requires a visit to our archives.)
  •  Submit a research request and book an appointment to use materials in our Special Collections and Institute Archives Reading Room
  • Request ( an instruction session for hands-on, collection based learning experiences 
  • Request digitized copies of materials 

Please allow 7-10 days for the processing of all requests.

Archives Viewing Hours

Monday-Friday (September-May)

Monday-Thursday (May-August)


Viewing is by appointment only and hours may vary depending on availability.

Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist

Special Collections 

To view any items from Special Collections you must schedule an appointment with Brena Smith. Items do not circulate and must be viewed under supervision in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. Circulation staff cannot retrieve items from special collections.

Brena Smith

Kathy Carbone, Institute Archivist

Brena Smith, Special Collections


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24700 McBean Pkwy
Valencia, CA 91355

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