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Borrowing Guide: Visitors from New Haven

City of New Haven Employee

What am I eligible for? 

City of New Haven Employees are eligible for privileges at the Yale University Library (YUL).  Options for library privileges include:

Rates & Details:

Pass Options:


Maximum Number of Borrowed Items:

Stacks Pass


N/A, request 20 items


$200 per three month increment or $750 per year



 $850 per year (only available at year rate)


How do I register?

City of New Haven employees who wish to use the Yale University Library collections must register in person at the Privileges Office located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  To register, you will need to provide two forms of ID - one from each column.   

Government Issued ID

Secondary ID

  • Driver’s license (from U.S. or Canada)
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (form I-551) from USCIS
  • City of New Haven employee ID and/or
  • Letter of introduction on letterhead from employer


Yale Library accepts credit card payments with VIsa or Mastercard, checks and cash. We do not accept $50 or $100 bills. 

Explanation of Pass Options

Stacks Pass:

  • Access to the Sterling Memorial Library stacks
  • No borrowing privileges
  • Retrieve materials from Sterling and the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) (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)
  • On-site access to electronic resources


  • Check out materials from any library 
  • Building Access – allowed until closing
  • On-site access to electronic resources
  • Loan length varies by owning library. Standard loan periods are two months or date of account expiration, whichever is lesser.
  • Book limit – 15 books 

Borrowing-Premium -- same as standard except for the following:

  • Book limit – 50 books 

*Use “Place Requests” to retrieve materials and have them delivered to the circulation desk of the selected Yale University Library.  Allow two business days for delivery of items between libraries. 

Chat with us!

Contact Privileges Staff


Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:


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: 8:30AM-4:45PM
Sunday: 12noon-6PM

Please review weekly hours before planning your visit.