Q. How can I access library materials on-campus?


Faculty, staff, and students with approved campus access may use the links in Orbis and Quicksearch to request library materials, including BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan materials, for pickup at service desks in Bass Library, Marx Library, Haas Arts Library, and the Divinity Library, or contactless pickup in the Sterling nave or at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Access to the Divinity Quadrangle is currently limited to Divinity faculty, students, and staff. Others may request access by contacting katherine.antos@yale.edu

To pick up materials in Sterling, use the "Contactless Pickup at Sterling Library Nave" option. The requested materials will be pre-checked-out to your library account, bagged, and arranged by user name on racks in the nave.  Contactless pickup is also available at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Students living in residential colleges or on campus graduate housing may have library materials delivered to their residential college or dorm.  This includes interlibrary loan materials but does not yet include BorrowDirect. Please use the "Send to home address or residential college" link in Orbis or Quicksearch. We anticipate expanding delivery services to include BorrowDirect materials soon. Updates will be posted on the Get it at Yale website.

Some reading rooms in Sterling Library are closed, with the following provisions for accessing their collections:

  • All reading rooms and study spaces on the upper levels of Sterling are closed. Users may request scans of chapters and articles from these collections using Scan and Deliver.
  • The Linonia and Brothers (L&B) Reading Room in Sterling is closed. Collection materials in this room may be requested for pickup or Scan and Deliver. 
  • The Microform Reading Room in Sterling Library is closed. To provide access to microform materials, we have set up a microform reader in Bass Library across from the service desk, and we are finalizing a system to request materials, Beginning Sept. 8, request microfilm and microfiche “Bass Service Desk Pickup” option in Orbis or Quicksearch. When you are finished viewing, place the materials in a designated return area. Please do not remove microform material from the library. Scans of microform material may be requested via Scan and Deliver. 
  • Access to the Peabody Museum's Babylonian Collection, located in Sterling Library, is by advance appointment only. 

As of Oct. 11, videos from the library's Film Study Center (FSC) may be requested for pickup or delivery. The FSC offices, collections, and viewing room remains closed.

For collection material in the Classics Library, contact Classics Librarian Colin McCaffrey.

The Sterling stacks are open, but we have discontinued checking out library materials to reserved carrels. We encourage carrel holders to check out to their personal accounts the materials most critical to their research and to take the materials with them when they leave the library. This is an important precaution against the possibility that libraries could be closed again with little notice, making materials left in carrels inaccessible.

All current students, faculty, and staff may request digital scans of chapters and articles from Yale Library collections and via interlibrary loan, which will be filled based on availability of materials at our partner libraries. As of Sept. 25, library users with campus access may request books through BorrowDirect, and as of Oct. 7 through interlibrary loan.

  • Last Updated Oct 16, 2020
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  • Answered By Sarah Tudesco

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