University of California, Riverside

Eaton Collection at UC Riverside

About the Collection and How to Use It

The Unique Material that Makes Up the Eaton Collection

The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy literature in the world, consisting of over 300,000 items. The collection begins with the 1517 edition of Thomas More's Utopia and includes first editions of many seminal works including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1895). 

Manuscripts, Studies and Ephemera

The collection also includes more than 50,000 science fiction-themed comic books as well as the most expansive collection of scholarly studies on science fiction and fantasy in the United States

Book cover of Pigs & Eagles Sci-Fi book covers

Find a book or publication

The collection may be searched online by using the library's online catalog, SCOTTY.

How to Access the Eaton Collection

The Eaton Collection is located in the UCR Libraries' Special Collections & University Archives  on the fourth floor of Tomás Rivera Library on the campus of UC Riverside. It is open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you would like to work extensively with one of our unique archival collections we recommend that you contact us in advance so that the requested materials will be ready upon your arrival.

The collection may be searched online by using the library's online catalog, SCOTTY. You can limit your search to Eaton's holdings by choosing "Eaton Science Fiction Collection" on the drop-down menu.



Restrictions on the Collection

There are several restrictions and requirements for individuals accessing the Eaton Collection.

  • Materials may only be used in the Reading Room. They cannot be checked out.
  • A valid photo ID (e.g. driver's license, student I.D., passport) must be presented and will be held at the information desk during your visit.
  • Pencils and laptop computers are permitted in the reading room. All other personal items, including cell phones, purses and backpacks, must be stored. PENS ARE NOT PERMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • Researchers may use digital cameras after signing the Guidelines for Camera Use form. No flash photography is permitted.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the reading room.

For more information on restrictions, please visit our UCR Libraries "Using our Collections" web page.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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