How to Register

Yale University Faculty, Staff, and Students 

The Beinecke Library reading room is open to Yale University students, staff, and faculty authorized to be on campus. See Doing Research at the Beinecke Library for more information on use of the reading room on the court level. Current hours for the Yale community are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9am – 4:30pm, and Wednesday, 10am – 4:30pm. A valid Yale ID is required for entrance to the building at these times. Yale students, staff, and faculty are also welcome to explore the exhibition hall during these weekday hours. View updates to Yale Library hours and services.

Researchers outside Yale University

As of April 11, Yale University Library has reopened special collections reading rooms to non-Yale researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted and have not traveled outside the U.S. within the prior 15 days. Researchers will be required to register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. Plan your visit.

A reminder that all are welcome to access materials through the Beinecke Library’s Digital Collections as well as by requesting reproductions.


Public Visitors

Public visitors are welcome in the Beinecke Library exhibition hall on Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm; Wednesday, 10am – 4:30pm; Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4pm.  Please check the Hours and Accessibility page on this website for detailed information, including current health and safety guidelines.