Researching at the Huntington
The Huntington awards 200 research fellowships every year and hosts an additional 1600 scholars who come to study within their special collections. Over 1/3 of these scholars come from distances far away to study the library collections, which include manuscripts, rare books, reference works, photographs, prints and ephemera. Huntington Scholars are eager to explore the collection, but they first must secure local housing for themselves, and sometimes for their families as well. It’s impossible to engage in comprehensive study at the library without having a place to stay for an extended period of time.
Finding a Home
Due to high demand, expense, and limited availability of housing in the Los Angeles area, many Huntington Scholars turn to SabbaticalHomes.com to find a home. The site’s mission is to help the academic community worldwide pursue research for the greater good of humankind. One need not be on sabbatical to use the site, as it was created to serve scholars including PhD students, professors, researchers, writers, artists, and scientists whether traveling for sabbatical, academic research, writing retreats, or just time-off.
Huntington Scholars are advised to invest some time searching for available home rental, home exchange, house sitting and/or sharing opportunities on SabbaticalHomes.com via the search bar at the top right-hand side corner of the site. The Huntington Library can even be used as a location in the search bar. Once the results page has populated be sure to sort by: closest distance. Searches can then be narrowed down by date, price, size, amenities, and many other distinctions.
Every year numerous scholars from around the world begin mapping their way to the impressive independent research library in San Marino, California. It’s important to keep in mind that the Los Angeles area is vast and although taking residence at the beach can be tempting, the commute is ill advised. When searching for the perfect home try sticking to San Marino and neighboring cities, such as: Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, or Eagle Rock.
While in Southern California, Huntington Scholars don’t have to leave their own homes empty. It is also possible to post homes left behind and find academic tenants. Although not necessary, it is an option to help offset expenses.
Posting a Tenant Listing
Keep in mind that some homeowners are very private and choose not to post their home, but rather search the site for the perfect tenant. Hence the importance of creating a free academic tenant or sitter listing.
Huntington Scholars who create a tenant listing on SabbaticalHomes.com are able to indicate their optimal home location and timeframe for their visit. They should also describe why they’re visiting, include relevant links to their research online, and perhaps most importantly make mention that they are a “Huntington Scholar” within their profile. Registering, creating a profile and posting a tenant listing is the best way to easily connect with other members through the site without having to repeat information when sending a query. Another added benefit is the ability to save search results, create a list of favorites, keep track of queries and more.
As an academic it’s free to post a tenant or sitter listing, and the fee is reduced to post a home offered listing. SabbaticalHomes.com does not take a commission. They operate this way because they feel it’s important for all scholars to have the opportunity to travel and share ideas. Low listing fees help keep their service accessible and equitable, but to sustain such a service everyone who makes a match is expected to send Sabbaticalhomes.com a success-based contribution. Much like the Huntington Library, it’s truly the integrity of their community that allows them to keep the independent and unique operation running.
SabbaticalHomes.com is honored to act as a resource to help house Huntington research fellows.