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Borrowing Guide: Spouse/Partner

Spouses and Partners Guide to Borrowing

Spouses and Domestic Partners

Yale University recognizes marriages (opposite- and same-sex) as well as civil unions or legal partnerships created by states, regardless of name ("spouse"). If you are the spouse of a Yale faculty or staff member, or student, you are eligible for a Yale ID and free library access and borrowing.

If you are not considered a spouse by the university, but are the long-term partner of a Yale faculty or staff member or student, the library offers a separate option for access and borrowing ("domestic partner"). This borrowing status is unrelated to the university's or state's definition of your relationship.

NOTE:  Spouses of Yale alumni are eligible for Alumni privileges, please click here for more information.

Spouses

Spouses: What am I eligible for?

Spouses of Yale faculty, students and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at the library at no charge. These privileges include:

  • Check out materials from any library 
  • Building Access – allowed until closing
  • Loan length – two months or date of library account expiration, whichever is lesser. 
  • Book limit – 50 books  

Spouses are not eligible for Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan services.

Spouses:  How do I register?

The spouse must bring required documentation and identification to the Yale University ID Center to get a Yale University ID Card.  Once you have your Yale ID Card, you will need to visit the Privileges Office to arrange for borrowing privileges and establish your library account.  Borrowing privileges expire on June 30th each year and are renewable for the duration of spouses' appointment at Yale University.

Domestic Partner

Domestic Partner: What am I eligible for?

Yale faculty, student and staff may sponsor his/her long-term domestic partner for privileges at the Yale University Library (YUL) during the time s/he is eligible for borrowing privileges as a member of the Yale community.  Partners who are able to attain a Yale ID card (see ID Center policy) receive borrowing privileges at no cost.  Otherwise, privileges are good for a semester at a time and require re-registration upon renewal.  These include:

Rates & Details:

Pass Options:

Rates:

Maximum Number of Borrowed Items:


Stacks Pass
 

Free

N/A, request 20 items


Affiliate Borrower
 

$50 per semester, renewable

50

 

Domestic Partner:  How do I register?

Domestic partners who wish to use the Yale University Library collections must register in person with their partner at the Library Services desk located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  The sponsor and partner both complete and sign the registration form.  To register, you will need to provide two forms of ID - one from each column.   

Government Issued ID

Documentation to confirm address shared with sponsor

  • 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).
  • Valid apartment lease with both names
  • Bank account statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Credit card bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Utility bill (dated within 30 days)

 

Domestic Partner: Explanation of Pass Options

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)

Affiliate Borrower

  • Check out materials from any library 
  • Building Access – allowed until closing
  • 3 month minimum purchase
  • Loan length – 61 days or date of library account expiration, whichever is lesser
  • Book limit – 50 books  

Domestic Partners are not eligible for Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan services.

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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