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Faculty Guide to the Yale University Library: Services for Students

The Personal Librarian Program

Every student in Yale College has a Personal Librarian, a research advisor who is available for guidance on using library collections and databases, research strategies, and information about library policies and procedures. Personal Librarians are available as long as a student is enrolled in Yale College. The work of the Personal Librarians complements that of the Residential College Writing Tutors.

We encourage you to send your students to their Personal Librarian for assistance with research papers and projects, when appropriate.  Faculty can look up a student's Personal Librarian or click on the "Your Personal Librarian" link on the Yale University Library homepage. You may also wish to include a link to the Personal Librarian website on your syllabus.



Emily Horning coordinates the Personal Librarian program.

Subject Specialists

All faculty, post-doctoral associates and graduate students at Yale, as well as undergraduates who have formally declared a major, have a Subject Specialist and/or Liaison. Subject Specialists and Liaisons have advanced degrees in their respective academic fields as well as graduate degrees in librarianship and/or archival studies. They have extensive knowledge of current scholarship and research tools in their disciplines and are available to help faculty and graduate students at any stage of their research, as well as undergraduate juniors and seniors working on research projects and assignments for their major.

Subject Specialists and Liaisons produce online subject guides to relevant Yale Library resources. These aguides are intended as starting points for students new to a discipline.  A full list of available subject guides can be found here.

Some examples of Subject Guides:

Political Science

History of British Art


Research Tools

There are a number of basic library tools that will help students get started with their research including the library's catalog, databases for searching the literature on their topic, and guides on which resources to use when working on different topics.  Remember, students can always contact their personal librarian for assistance as well.


The Library offers workshops throughout the academic year on citation management tools (EndNote, Refworks, Zotero and others), as well as general sessions on online sources for various subjects.  These workshops can be a good starting point for student and faculty research. A list of upcoming workshops is posted online.

Study Spaces

The Library offers many spaces for individual or group study. A Study Spaces website describes many of the more popular ones, and includes location information as well as instructions for reserving them online.

Each residential college has its own library and 24-hour study space.