Doing Research at the Beinecke Library

Yale University Faculty, Staff, and Students 

The Beinecke Library reading room will be available on weekdays beginning on January 12, 2021, by advance appointment, to current Yale students, faculty, and staff whose individual research requires consulting Beinecke materials and who have been approved to return to campus. 

Researching at Beinecke currently requires  two steps.

  1. Make your reading room appointment, here:
  2. Place requests for materials through Orbis or Archives at Yale.

Both steps need to happen at least two business days prior to visiting. 

Reservations require a Yale CAS login and please bring your Yale ID with you to your appointment.

Students who have questions about their campus access should write to or check the Yale Hub. Faculty and staff with questions about campus access should check with their department.

Need help? Check our detailed instructions here:


Researchers outside Yale University

Current circumstances do not allow the Beinecke Library to welcome non-Yale researchers to the reading room at this time. We invite you to access materials through the Beinecke Library’s Digital Collections as well as by requesting reproductions, after library staff return to campus in January.

Public Visitors

The exhibition hall remains closed until further notice and current circumstances do not allow the Beinecke Library to welcome public visitors at this time. We invite you to explore the Beinecke Library’s Digital CollectionsDigital ExhibitionsYouTube channel, and other resources on the library website. We look forward to the time in the future when the library will be able to welcome the public again.

How to Search the Collections

The Beinecke Library’s holdings are searchable in a variety of databases and discovery tools. There are several tools that will help you identify, find, and explore the collections.


Researchers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers.The Yale Guest network is available for those who are not affiliated with Yale. Individuals affiliated with participating US and international institutions may use the Eduroam network.  Two public computer workstations are available for reference use.


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 Digital Photography Policy as a part of the registration process.  


There is limited metered street parking on Grove, College, and York Streets near the library. Parking meters accept credit cards, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Meters for handicapped parking are available on College Street between Grove Street and Elm Street. See our getting here page for more.

Visiting New Haven

New Haven is a great to live and work, and it is a great place to visit. The Beinecke Library is proud to call New Haven home and is part of a vibrant cultural community that welcomes visitors from far and near. Visit our page on New Haven information.


As part of its core mission, Beinecke Library offers fellowships to support research in a wide range of fields, from literary and cultural studies to the history of science, music, theater, and art; the history of the book, of photography, graphic design, and architecture; as well as social, intellectual, and political history. A variety of fellowships are available. View details on fellowships.