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Chicanx Latinx Heritage Month 2023

This guide serves to introduce library resources, research, & information related to Chicanx & Latinx heritage


Rare Books & Unique Books

University Archives

Collection Access

Archival materials are stored in secure closed storage and retrieved for researchers, one box or item at a time, to view in a designated area. Every archive will have their own procedures, hours, and guidelines for using archival materials. Conducting research in an archive requires advanced planning and preparation. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic our reading room is closed. However, we are providing remote access to our collections.

Special Collections and Archives staff are providing student scan requests on demand. If you need materials from our collections for your course assignments we can scan them for you and send the files electronically. 

  • Due to access restrictions, your request may take up to a week or more. Be prepared to request materials in advance.
  • When requesting materials for scanning be aware of how many items you are requesting. Our limit of scans is 25 per request.
  • Expect to spend more than a couple of hours conducting archival research. Make sure you give yourself enough time to pursue your research.


  • Chat Live with an Archivist/Librarian 

    If you are having trouble locating primary sources, ask an archivist or librarian by using our LibChat function. We are available to answer your questions from Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.

  • Request a Research Consultation 

    For in-depth research help, schedule a Research Consultation for one-on-one or small group assistance with a Special Collections Librarian through zoom.

Rights and Permissions

In most cases, Cal State LA only owns the physical item/collection, not literary property or copyright. Therefore, as the researcher, it is your responsibility to seek the copyright status of an item if you wish to use it for publication. Items/collections that are owned by Cal State LA, researchers must make a request for permission and reproduction from SCA. However, if you are simply using the item for your own personal research there is no need to ask for permission.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300