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Yale libraries will be closed Nov. 25 – Jan. 5. Online services and access to library materials will continue. See COVID-19 library updates.

Accessing Arts Library Special Collections: Welcome!

This guide outlines the steps required to request items to view in the ALSC reading room, how to then request an appointment (required) in the reading room, and how new users can register in Aeon.

Welcome to Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC)

This guide explains how to request items from our collections; how to make an appointment to view these items in our Reading Room; and how to register in Aeon if it is your first time using Special Collections materials.

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 infections in New Haven and across Connecticut, the Yale University Library will close all library buildings and spaces to users at the end of day on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Special collections reading rooms cannot accept new reservations at this time. If health and safety guidelines permit, libraries will reopen to users who are authorized to be on campus Jan. 5, 2021. Watch this site or the ALSC website for updates regarding services for the month of January 2021 and Yale University's Spring term.

+ Staff members continue to offer reference and consultation services remotely
+ Digitization services continue to be offered to and prioritized for patrons with a Yale NetID 
Questions? Email us at

COVID 19 Library Updates

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Mar Gonzalez Palacios
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
190 York Street | P.O. Box 208318
New Haven, CT 06520-8318
(203) 432-4439

Today's Hours


For Fall 2020, ALSC will be open Monday-Friday from 1pm-4pm by appointment only to current Yale affiliates authorized to be on campus.

Access in Brief

Register in Aeon if you have not used Special Collections materials at Yale before! ]



PLEASE NOTE: the ALSC Reading Room cannot accept new appointments until further notice.