Mandeville Special Collections Library Overview

The Mandeville Special Collections Library houses rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, art works, sound recordings, archives, and other primary materials which support selected UCSD instructional and research programs. These are the materials that distinguish UCSD’s library collections from all other research universities. Areas of exceptional strength include early voyages of exploration and discovery to the Pacific, experimental American poetry, the Spanish Civil War, Baja California, twentieth-century science and public policy, Melanesian anthropology, artists' books, the early history of southern California, Dr. Seuss, and the UCSD archives. These materials are cataloged on ROGER and MELVYL, the UCSD and UC online catalogs.

Qualified researchers who furnish a photographic form of identification and who complete a Reader Registration form may use the collections. Materials do not circulate and are used under library supervision. Limited photocopying may be possible.

The Mandeville Special Collection Library welcomes faculty and students for instructional sessions. Please contact us at