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Research at Boone Special Collections and Archives

Making collection materials accessible to researchers is one of our primary goals. While most of our collections are available for in-person consultation in our reading and research room, online tools allow users to conduct some research prior to, or in place of, a visit. We welcome all researchers to explore our collections and use them for their individual purposes. Librarians/archivists are available to help direct your research by phone, email, or in-person appointment. Contact us with your questions or to schedule a meeting.

Search for Materials

Use these tools to search for materials within the Boone Special Collections and Archives.

Library Catalog

Most published material in the Boone Special Collections and Archives, such as books and periodicals, are cataloged in WorldCat Local, Pepperdine’s library catalog.

Online Archive of California

Finding aids are descriptive guides for archival collections that provide collection overviews and inventories. They are useful for identifying the information needed to request materials. All of Pepperdine's finding aids are published and searchable in the Online Archive of California.

Digital Collections

Highlights from our Special Collections have been digitized and can be found in the Pepperdine Digital Collections. These collections include photographs, documents, and audio and visual recordings on a wide variety of topics.

Collection Browse Tool

This tool allows users to view lists of collections with brief descriptions by collection type (book, archival, or digital) and by major collecting area. Once you have found a collection of interest, click the "more" link to view a finding aid, digital collection, list of books, or other tools that will allow you to search the collection.


We welcome you whether you are coming to attend an event, view an exhibit, explore collections, or conduct in-depth research. 

Make an Appointment

If you plan to view collection materials, please contact us to schedule an appointment, as advanced notice of your visit is required to ensure availability of materials and staff assistance. We are generally available Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, on days Payson Library is open.

What to Bring

In preparation for your visit, please bring a photo ID to register. Laptops, pencils, and cameras are welcome. Pens, food, and drink are not allowed at the research tables or near the materials. Please see our usage guidelines for more information on what to expect during your research visit.


Special Collections is located in Room 352 in Payson Library on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. If you are coming from off campus, please request a visitor's permit and a token at the security guard booth and proceed to the Visitor Lot within the Seaver Main Lot.