MARGARET HERRICK LIBRARY
Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Services such as retrieving materials and photocopying stop half an hour before closing time.
The Library will be closed on the following dates:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 15)
Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 19)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 28)
Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4)
Labor Day (Monday, September 3)
Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23)
Christmas/New Year’s (December 17, 2018 through January 2, 2019)
Using The Library
Access to Library Holdings
The library's collection is non-circulating and for onsite reference use only. Materials may not be checked out of the building and there is no Inter-Library Loan. For the most part, items in the book, periodical and general script collections are available upon request in the library, as are the clipping files and photographs in the general collection. Exceptions are noted in the catalog. Other types of materials, including those in special manuscript and photographic collections, are available to qualified researchers by prior appointment only – for details, see Access to Special Collections and Access to Photographs.
What to Bring
A valid photo I.D. such as a drivers license or passport is required for entrance to the library. When you visit, you will be asked to complete a library use application; you will then be issued a library user's card that is good for the day.
Only items essential to your research may be brought into the reading room: paper, notepad, a notebook (without pockets), index cards, and laptop computers. Patrons are asked to use pencils only; researchers may bring their own or use the ones provided by the library. Small wallets (to pay for photocopying) are also permitted.
What Not to Bring
As a special research library, there are certain restrictions on items that can be brought into the library. Lockers for storage are provided in the lobby, with locker tokens available at the security guard's desk.
The following items cannot be brought into the reading room:
- Cell phones, including Blackberries and iPhones
- Purses, briefcases, backpacks, computer cases, belt packs
- Organizers and notebooks with pockets
- Multiple folders or boxes of material
- Magazines or newspapers
- Coats and umbrellas
- Food, chewing gum, or beverages
- Or any other materials deemed inappropriate by library staff.
The Margaret Herrick Library is a specialized research library devoted to motion pictures. The reference staff is available to answer questions about the library and its collections, and to assist individuals conducting motion picture-related research. Please be aware that materials in the library do not circulate.
The Margaret Herrick Library is open to the public. Anyone seeking information on motion pictures is welcome to visit the library and undertake their own research. A member of the reference staff is always available to offer assistance. Please review the library rules before you come.
The Margaret Herrick Library E-mail Reference allows patrons to submit brief factual questions directly to reference librarians who provide responses. The service includes general film history questions, referrals and ready reference queries for the library’s holdings. Please note that responses to e-mail questions may take up to five business days. If you would like to submit an e-mail query please click on the link below:
For more extensive research questions, and reproduction requests that may require assistance, the library offers a fee based research service through the National Film Information Service. NFIS services include requests for photocopies and photographic reproductions of library materials and much more. For information on these services, please visit the National Film Information Service website.
Brief factual queries may be directed to the library's Telephone Reference Service. This service is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time. The telephone number is (310) 247-3020. Callers are limited to three to five minutes per call. Please make your questions as specific as possible.
BY regular MAIL
The National Film Information Service is available to those outside of Southern California who are in need of more in-depth research. This is a fee-based service handled through regular mail.
library collection policy
The Margaret Herrick Library Collection Policy is a statement of the principles and guidelines used by the Margaret Herrick Library staff in its selection, acquisition, and evaluation of Library materials.
Exhibition Loan policy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lends materials from its collections to recognized institutions, such as museums and libraries, provided they have established exhibition programs and a professional staff qualified to handle the materials requested.
Library Preservation Policy
This preservation policy is a statement of the principles and guidelines used by the Margaret Herrick Library staff in its conservation and stewardship of Library materials. It provides consistency in communicating the Library’s policies to Academy staff and the public.
The Margaret Herrick Library is a world-renowned, non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and as an industry. Established in 1928, a year after the Academy was founded, the library moved to its current Beverly Hills location in 1991.
Margaret Herrick was the Academy librarian from 1936 to 1943, and served as the Academy’s executive director from 1945 to 1971. It was Herrick who laid the foundation for what is now considered to be one of the world’s finest film-related libraries. And it was Herrick who expanded the Academy’s activities into several key non-Awards areas, negotiated the Academy’s first television broadcast and oversaw the transformation of the annual Oscar ceremony into a major televised event.
Margaret Herrick was born Margaret Buck in Spokane, Washington. She earned a library degree from the University of Washington, and in 1929 became head librarian of the Yakima Public Library. Miss Buck married Donald Gledhill, an assistant to the executive secretary of the Academy, and in 1931 she moved to Hollywood to join her husband. Mrs. Gledhill soon offered her services to the Academy as its volunteer librarian, and was well on the way to building the Academy’s library when Donald Gledhill was named executive secretary in 1933. Throughout the 1930s, Mrs. Gledhill continued to develop and improve the library and its holdings. Her position as the Academy’s librarian was formalized in 1936.
In 1943, Margaret Gledhill successfully assumed her husband’s duties when he left for military service in World War II. The couple divorced in 1945, and soon after, the Academy Board of Governors offered Mrs. Gledhill the executive position on a permanent basis. In 1946, Mrs. Gledhill married Philip A. Herrick. They divorced in 1951, but she continued to use his name professionally.
Following her retirement in 1971, the Academy library was renamed in her honor. Margaret Herrick died on June 20, 1976.