Reading Room

The Williams Institute Reading Room and Collection on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy


Click here Williams Institute Reading Room Electronic Library Guide.

For questions, email Stephanie Anayah, Williams Institute Librarian, at

The Williams Institute Reading Room houses the law library’s collection of materials acquired to support research in sexual orientation law and public policy.  Located in the UCLA School of Law’s Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, the Reading Room contains an international, research-level collection of works in all types of media. As of November 2013, over 2,000 books, policy studies, films and periodicals are included in the Williams collection.

Located on the third floor of the UCLA School of Law library, the Reading Room and Collection are open to the public during regular library hours.  Library staff are available to assist scholars with research, maintain and expand the collection, and publish a periodic bibliography of the collection. The Reading Room and collection were made possible through the generous donation of over $1 million by philanthropist, educator, and businessman Charles R. Williams, an anonymous donor, and subsequent donors and friends.

The Williams Institute Reading Room and Collection is a program of the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law. The Williams Institute is a national think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation law and public policy. It advances law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship.