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Borrowing Guide: Unaffiliated Researcher

Unaffiliated Researcher

What am I eligible for?

Outside researchers may apply for privileges at the Yale University Library (YUL).  Options for library privileges include:

Rates & Details:

Pass Options:

Rates:

Maximum Number of Borrowed Items:


Desk Pass

Free

N/A, request 20 items


Stacks Pass

$20 per week or $40 per month

N/A, request 20 items

Borrowing-Standard


$200 per three month increment or $750 per year

15

Borrowing-Premium

 
$850 per year (only available at year rate)

50

How do I register?

Outside researchers who wish to use the Yale University Library collections must register in person at the Privileges Office located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  To register, you will need to provide a current government issued ID.  The following documents are acceptable forms of identification for registration:       

  • Driver’s license (from U.S. or Canada)
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • Alien registration card with photo (INS form I-151 or I-551).

Explanation of Pass Options

Desk Pass:

  • No borrowing privileges
  • Retrieve materials from Sterling and LSF collections (20 items per day)*
  • Pass good for one week, with option to renew
  • Access to Library facilities for all open hours (some exclusions for School and Departmental libraries – please inquire at specific location before arrival)

Stacks Pass:

  • Access to the Sterling Memorial Library stacks
  • No borrowing privileges
  • Retrieve materials from Sterling and LSF collections (20 items per day)* 
  • Access to Library facilities for all open hours (some exclusions for School and Departmental libraries – please inquire at specific location before arrival)
  • On-site access to electronic resources

Borrowing-Standard:

  • Check out materials from any library 
  • Building Access – allowed until closing
  • On-site access to electronic resources
  • Loan length – two months or date of expiration, whichever is lesser. 
  • Book limit – 15 books 

Borrowing-Premium -- same as standard except for the following:

  • Book limit – 50 books 

*Use “Place Requests” to retrieve materials and have them delivered to the circulation desk of the selected Yale University Library.  Allow two business days for delivery of items between libraries. 

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    Contact Privileges Staff

    Contact

    Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:

    Location

    The Library Service desk is located on the ground floor of Sterling Memorial Library in the nave and is open during normal library hours.

    Visitor Library Privileges Hours

    Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:45pm
    Saturday: 10:00am - 4:45pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Detailed hours