The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library makes its collections accessible primarily through its reading room, class rooms, and publicly accessible repositories of digital facsimiles. To assure that materials are available for investigation when scholars visit New Haven and to preserve them for future generations, Beinecke Library rarely lends to external exhibitions.
Beinecke Library is more likely to approve loan requests:
from non-profit academic and cultural institutions
to borrow unique or rare materials that cannot be borrowed elsewhere
for exhibitions that make major contributions to scholarship
for a limited number of items
for brief periods of time (typically three months), usually to only a single venue
for items which can be transported and exhibited without jeopardy
Requests to borrow material from Beinecke Library must be submitted to the Director of the Library at least one year before an exhibition will open. Formal requests must come from the director of the borrowing institution. Requests by guest curators must also be made through the director of the borrowing institution.
Requests must include:
an exact list of the requested items, including title, author or creator, and call number. In addition, requests for books or other printed items must include the page opening, and requests for archival materials must include the box and folder numbers, and description of the items requested
the dates of the requested loan
a description of the planned exhibition including public programs and publications associated with it
names, email addresses and phone numbers of contacts
photography needs and approximate deadlines
a detailed facilities report, preferably in the form adopted by the American Alliance of Museums
The borrowing institution will be responsible for all costs involved in a loan, such as insurance and shipping costs. A flat fee of $500 per item will cover preservation assessment, a detailed condition report, appraisal for insurance purposes, and packing. Additional fees may be applied if materials require extensive conservation treatment.
Transportation and shipping arrangements will be negotiated on a case by case basis to assure the safety and security of any items lent by the library.
Before items are loaned, approved borrowers must provide:
a loan form acceptable to the Beinecke Library, to be signed and countersigned by the directors of the institutions
a certificate of insurance or comparable indemnity
The Library may at any time revoke the loan agreement and/or retrieve its materials if the borrower does not comply with the terms of the loan. For more information, contact Rebecca Hatcher, Preservation Coordination Librarian.