Answered By: Laura Sider
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018     Views: 383

Q: I want to do research at Beinecke. What do I do?
Answered by: Laura Sider

You are welcome to do research at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance. If you have not already done so, you may wish to read our web page on "Planning Your Research Visit," which is available here: This has information about our hours, directions, reading room rules and the registration process.

To use Beinecke materials, you must first register online at You can then use the request links available in Orbis ( and ArchivesSpace ( to request material. Please note that while it is possible to place requests in advance, material stored within the main Beinecke building will not be paged until after you arrive. It typically takes 15 minutes to retrieve material from our stacks. However, some material is located in our remote storage facility. Anything listed in Orbis ( with the location "LSF" must be requested 36 hours in advance. We ask that you submit a separate request for each book or box of archival material. 

You will need to bring two pieces of picture identification (such as a passport, driver's license, university identification card etc.). When you arrive, tell the guards that you are here to do research and they will direct you downstairs. Please be prepared to secure most of your belongings in a locker as limited amounts of material are permitted in the reading room. The public service assistants will help you to complete the registration process.

Finally, we recommend that you email to make sure the material you are interested in will be onsite and available for your visit.

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