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Membership at the Archive-Library

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Why Membership?

The Santa Bárbara Mission-Archive Library as a non-profit historical and educational institution depends on donations, grants, and membership dues to cover conservation, staffing, and operation expenses. You support our work by becoming a member.

How to Join

Membership starts at $35 per year. Students with a valid student I.D. from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution are eligible for a student membership at $15 per year. Select a membership level from the options at the bottom of this page, then checkout online with a credit card. If you prefer, you may pay by check (made out to "SBMAL") and bring it with you to your appointment or mail it to:

Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library

2201 Laguna Street 

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Benefits of Membership

Members at all levels can access our collections for research purposes, receive invitation to our events and discounts on our services and some merchandise.

Members at the $60 level and above are entitled to bring one additional researcher to accompany them on their visits and assist them on the same research project.

Most importantly, all members can have the satisfaction of knowing that your support is vital to maintaining this wealth of historical data for the benefit of scholars, researchers, and the general public.

All researchers who wish to access our collections are required to be members of the of the Santa Bárbara Mission-Archive Library. Please contact us at directly if you have any questions.


The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (Federal Tax ID# 95-6220730). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you would like more information on how you can partner with SBMAL on major projects, please visit our Giving page.

SBMAL is open to researchers by appointment only.
NEW HOURS for 2024! Research hours are now available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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