Yale Library special collections provide broad access to their collection materials for personal research use, teaching, and educational purposes, under the provisions of Title 17, Section 108 of United States copyright law.
Instructions for ordering reproductions of items from the library's special collections are included below. If you have any questions, please contact the specific owning repository. Contact information for special collection units at Yale can be found on the Home page of this guide.
Please note that Yale Library is currently piloting a new service to support digitization of its collections. You will receive a confirmation email once the processing of your order begins. Due to a heavy volume of requests, turnaround time after confirmation to digitize the materials requested is currently 10 - 14 weeks.* This is only an estimate. Your order may take a different amount of time, depending on the complexity of order, condition of material, and availability of staff. We will do our best to keep to that turnaround time, but circumstances may make the process take longer.
*We are adjusting workflows to meet current demand and will update expected turnaround time in this guide as it changes
To initiate a photoduplication request, you must be registered to use Special Collections at Yale. If you have not yet registered in the system, you’ll need to create a new account. More information is available in the Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale: Register.
How to submit a request:
Please note that all requests are subject to review by Yale Library Access Services staff. The library reserves the right to revise an order due to preservation concerns or time constraints. If an order must be changed to a different format, the patron will be notified of the change.
Turnaround time and delivery