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Access to Manuscripts & Archives Reading Room and Digitization Services: Reading Room Services Information

Welcome to Yale Special Collections, Manuscripts and Archives

May 22, 2023 As of May 15, 2023, the University “strongly encourages” but does not require all visitor to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. Visitors are responsible for reviewing and complying with all current visitor requirements before visiting campus.

For information about registering as a special collections user, requesting materials for a reading room visit or for reproduction, please visit Home - Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale University - Yale University Library Research Guides at Yale University.

Finding the Manuscripts and Archives Reading Room

The Manuscripts and Archives reading Room is found within Sterling Memorial Library at the heart of the the Yale University campus. For travel directions to New Haven and the University, please see Location & Directions | Manuscripts and Archives | Yale University Library.

  • Researchers can find Manuscripts and Archives by entering Sterling Library through double doors located at 120 High Street (red path in the image to the right) or 301 York Street (blue path in the image to the right).
  • Both entrances require that Yale students, faculty, and staff present their ID to gain entry.
  • Both entrances require that non-Yale researchers present their visitation confirmation email to security staff stationed at those entrances in order to gain entry.
  • Manuscripts and Archives's Cowles Reference Center and Reading Room is indicated in lavender in the image to the right.
  • The closest restrooms, located in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, are indicated in green.