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Borrowing Guide: Visitors

COVID-19 Updates

All Yale library building are currently closed. More information:

All fines for overdue, recalled, and lost Yale Library and Interlibrary Loan materials will be waived. If you accrue fines, please email or fill out this form for quick resolution.

If you have purchased stack access or borrowing privileges, your access will be extended accordingly once the libraries has reopened. You will receive an email confirming the extension of your access. If you have questions, email

Information for Visitors with no Yale Affiliation

Visitors to Yale University Library

Researchers and visitors who are not currently registered students or employees of Yale are welcome to visit the Yale University Library.  Access to individual locations within the Yale Library system varies -  contact the specific library location before your visit.  Access to Yale University Library collections is restricted in some cases, and the Privileges Office will be happy to assist you in setting up privileges to library collections that best suit your needs.  To determine what is available to you, please choose your affiliation below.

Please choose your affiliation from the list below:

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    Contact Privileges Staff


    Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:

    Phone: (203) 432-1775



    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

    Academic Year

    Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM-6PM
    Friday: 8:30AM-4:45PM
    Saturday: 10AM-4:45PM
    Sunday: 12noon-6PM

    Please review weekly hours before planning your visit.