A valid Yale University ID Card permits access to Yale University Library buildings.
For explanations and fees of the types of access available to non-Yale users, check the Borrowing and Circulation Guide.
Please check with the specific Yale Library building for special rules and hours of operation.
The preservation, safeguarding, and stewardship for the collections are the responsibilities of all members of the Yale University Community and its visitors. To achieve these goals, the Library has developed a security policy that is respectful of the individual's right to access to materials and - at the same time - protects the Library's unique and irreplaceable assets.
The following incidences are considered violations of the Library's security policy for its collections and are applicable at all of the Library's school & department libraries and special collections:
Please consult the websites of individual school and department libraries for specific security and access policies pertaining to their collections.
Disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, probation, suspension of Library privileges, etc., will be taken when any of the Library's security policies are violated. The monetary value of the material taken and/or damaged is not a consideration in pursuing action by the Library, University, and/or local law enforcement.
Yale University Library maintains public computers in support of research and learning at Yale University. Specific implementation of this policy may vary from one library to another within the Yale University Library system.
Yale University faculty, student and staff members may use any available public library computer located in areas where they have authorized access. Library staff may require individuals who are not affiliated with Yale University to substantiate an appropriate research purpose in order to use library computers.
Yale faculty, students, and staff can expect to have ready access to a computer, though sometimes with minimal delays at peak times. While the Library intends to provide ready access to computers, at times demand will exceed supply. When others are waiting researchers are asked to use reasonable restraint in the use of these shared resources.
Researchers with special needs. The Library will provide at least one wheelchair accessible computer in each major computer cluster within the library system. Persons requiring other assistance to access information from a Library's workstation are urged to ask for help from Library staff.
The use of Library computers is subject to the same policies governing the use of other Yale University facilities, including all applicable state and federal laws, copyright restrictions, and license agreements. See Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy.
Tampering with the hardware or software on the computers is strictly prohibited. Violations may result in university disciplinary action or referral to appropriate external authorities.
Cell phones and pagers are permitted in the library. It is expected, however, that people using cell phones will be respectful of others. To provide an optimal environment for research and study and for library staff to do their work, people are asked that cell phones be turned to low, that ringers be silenced (set to vibrate) and that calls be short. Lengthy calls should be made in areas where the conversation does not disturb others. These appropriate areas differ by library because of varying architecture, locations of study spaces, service desks, and staff offices. Please honor requests for quiet and move to another location if an unintended distraction occurs. Thank you for your cooperation.
Library Managment Council approved May 12, 2004
Final wording revised May 17, 2004
Due to the pandemic, library access is currently restricted to Yale students, faculty and staff who are authorized to be on campus. Children will not be admitted to the library at this time. Please check the "Yale Library Covid-19 Updates" for up to date information about library access.
Members of the Yale University community will occasionally need to bring their children with them to the library. The library's paging and Eli Express services may serve as a convenience for parents or caregivers, particularly those with young children, as they provide for placing requests through Orbis in advance so that materials will be waiting for pickup at a selected circulation desk. Please be aware of the following when bringing young people to the library:
In areas where Yale University-issued identification is not required:
In areas where Yale University-issued identification is required for entry to public spaces (e.g. the SML stacks):
Permission to film or photograph in any Yale Library space must be approved in advance and in writing by Yale Library, with the exception of personal photography as defined at the end of this section.
For non-commercial requests such as documentary films and news media interviews, please email Library Communications with a brief explanation of your request. Include your name, company or news media affiliation, proposed date, time, and location of filming, how many people will be present onsite, names of interviewees and interview topics, and the project's connection to Yale, if any. Please place your request as far in advance as possible; same-day or last-minute requests are unlikely to be approved.
For commercial filming requests, please review all guidelines provided by the Office of Marketing and Trademark Licensing.
If your initial request seems feasible (based on library schedules, staff and space availability, impact on library users, and other factors), Library Communications staff will ask you to fill out the online film and photography application and return it to email@example.com. If your request is accepted, you will be asked to provide proof of insurance with Yale named as an additional insured for the time you are on campus. In some cases, a certificate of indemnity may be accepted as an alternative. Requested insurance and indemnity forms should be emailed to Library Communications with a copy to Marjorie Lemmon at the Office of Risk Management.
Once your application is approved, library staff will work with you to finalize time, location, and logistics, with an emphasis on avoiding disruption to the work of library users. In most cases, a member of library staff or other designated Yale representative must accompany any photographers or film crews.
Use of Electrical Power
If you need supplemental electrical power for cameras and/or floodlights, a University electrician must be in attendance to supervise the use of outlets and panel boards. For planning purposes, it takes one week to schedule the electrician.
Picture-taking by sightseers using hand-held, self-contained cameras is allowed in public spaces of the library (unless otherwise posted) and as long as it does not interfere with the work of library users or staff. Photographers/filmmakers may not photograph or film library users or staff without written permission from Yale Library. Professional photographers taking pictures in library spaces for commercial use must request and receive approval following the procedures above.
Yale University Library's Food & Drink Policy is intended to preserve our library materials, computer equipment, and furnishings, and to maintain a pleasant and comfortable environment for our readers and staff. Your help in this effort is greatly appreciated.
Unless otherwise posted, non-alcoholic beverages in approved containers may be consumed in the library.
Approved containers include:
Containers that are not considered acceptable include:
Please dispose of all trash properly.
|Library||Policy||Designated food area|
|Arts Library||No food||No area in building|
|Bass Library||Food and beverages allowed||All Bass Library space|
|Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript||No Food or beverages||No area in building|
|Marx Science and Social Science Library||No food||No area in building|
|Classics||No food||No area in building|
|Divinity||No food||Cafeteria, Common Room & Commuter Lounge|
|Geology||No food||No area in building|
|Law||No food||No area in building|
|Mathematics||No food||Lounge in Dunham Lab, 4th floor|
|Medical||No food||Beverages in any container allowed in lobby seating area only. Beverages in approved containers anywhere in library.|
|Sterling Memorial||No food; certain collections/areas may restrict beverages also||Selin Courtyard|
|Walpole||No Food or beverages||Timothy Root House, next to the Library|