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Music Library Special Collections: Policies & Procedures

Finding and using archives, manuscripts, rare books and scores, and other special collections at the Music Library.


Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are now open to non-Yale researchers who have been fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible.  Please see The Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale University for information on gaining access.   

Researchers will use our special collections in the Manuscripts & Archives Reading Room (just down the hall from the Music Library in Sterling Memorial Library). For information about services in the MSSA Reading Room, see their guide.

Music Library staff are available to advise researchers; contact us at

You can request special collections directly from the catalogs where you look them up. When you’ve found the item you want in Archives at Yale, Orbis, or Quicksearch, just click the Request link.

Some of our archival collections have not yet been fully processed, so they don’t appear in the Finding Aid Database. For more information, please contact us at

A few of the Music Library's most important holdings are shelved across the street, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. To study these items, please consult the Beinecke Library directly.


Subject Guide

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Richard Boursy
Gilmore Music Library
Sterling Memorial Library
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