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Yale Library's Catalog

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Yale Finding Aid Database

Finding aids for archival and manuscript materials. Help | Search | Advanced

Digital Collections

Thousands of partial and fully digitized items from a wide range of materials from the Beinecke collections. Help | Search | Advanced

Uncataloged Acquisitions

Brief records of material not found in Orbis or the Finding Aid Database. Help | Search

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts

Descriptions of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Help | Search

Yale Papyrus Collection

Catalog of the papyri held at Beinecke; includes digital images. Help | Search
Prepare for your visit

Planning Your Research Visit

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Please Note: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will close for a major renovation in May 2015, reopening in September 2016. We will maintain a reading room in Sterling Memorial Library during this time, but access to various collections will be limited as early as April 2014 while we prepare for closure. Please consult the Closed Collections Schedule while planning your visit to confirm that desired materials will be available.

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections.  Please take a moment to pre-register online.  Materials may be requested using request links in ORBIS, the Yale Finding Aid Database, as well as the Beinecke Digital Collections tool.  We ask that you fill out one form per box of archival material.

Please consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.  All library materials must be handled with great care to ensure their safety and preservation.  

Research areas and public exhibition spaces are accessible to the handicapped via elevator.  Researchers requiring special accomodations are encouraged to email prior to their visit.  Metered parking for the handicapped is available on High St. between Wall St. and Grove St.

Researchers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers or they may borrow a laptop from the Public Services Desk. The library's laptops are equipped with wireless technology linking Yale affiliates to the university's computer network.  The Yale Guest network is available for those who are not affiliated with Yale.

Please be prepared to secure most of your belongings in a Beinecke locker, as limited amounts of material are permitted in the reading room.

Researchers are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the library's holdings and to gather preliminary information needed to identify and locate materials relevant to their work by reading an overview of the curatorial areas of the collection and available library catalogs and databases. Yale University Library's online catalog, Orbis, and databases devoted to new acquisitions and manuscripts and archival materials provide descriptions of the library's books and archives. Curators and public services librarians are available for reference consultations by request.

Many Beinecke Library collection materials may be digitally photographed by readers in the reading room for study purposes with a small handheld camera, cell phone or iPad.  Large cameras and tripods are not allowed.  Researchers will need to complete and sign the "Policy on Digital Photography be Readers in the Reading Room" as a part of the registration process.   It is also possible to order reproductions.

Requesting Materials

Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. All requests for Beinecke materials must be placed through our online requesting system, Aeon.  Fill out the pre-registration form and log in.  Once your account has been created, you can use request links in ORBIS, the Yale Finding Aid Database, as well as the Beinecke Digital Collections tool.  We ask that you fill out one form per box of archival material.

Material that is stored within the main Beinecke building will be paged when you arrive. It typically takes twenty minutes to retrieve materials from the stacks. Some Beinecke material is stored off-site and must be requested two days in advance. Collections housed off-site will be identified in Orbis with "LSF-BEINECKE."

Permission is required for access to some materials. Please consult the Closed Collections Schedule for a list of archives closed for processing.

Born-digital materials in manuscript collections must be requested at least two days in advance. Permission to view these digital files will be granted to researchers upon application. Please review our access policies for specific information about born-digital collection materials.

All Yale University students and faculty are welcome to study at the Beinecke. If you have not visited the Beinecke before, please take a moment to pre-register using your Net ID via Aeon. When you arrive, be sure to bring your Yale ID to compete the registration process.

Researchers whose work requires use of our collections are welcome to study at the Beinecke. If you have not visited the Beinecke before, please take a moment to pre-register online via Aeon. When you arrive, please bring two forms of identification with recent photographs and a current address, to complete the registration process.  Undergraduates must also present a letter of introduction from their advisor or librarian stating the scope of their research.



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Exhibition Gallery
Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm

Reading Room Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am to 4:45 pm

Holiday Schedule and Closed Collections Schedule