Doing Research at the Beinecke Library

The Beinecke Library Hours and Accessibility

The reading room is open to registered researchers Mondays - Fridays; public exhibition spaces on the ground floor and mezzanine are open daily to all. There is no admission charge. 

See additional information on hours and accessibility

Learn more about registering as a reader.

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.

Laptops

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.

Photography

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.  

Parking

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.

Fellowships

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.