Answered By: Tricia Carey
Last Updated: May 02, 2022     Views: 79

Q: Who can access Yale Library buildings and reading rooms?
Answered by: Tricia Carey


All Yale libraries are open to Yale students, faculty, and staff with valid IDs. 

  • Public spaces of Sterling Memorial Library (including the nave, the Hanke Gallery, and Gilmore Music Library), Bass Library, and the Beinecke Library exhibit hall are open to the general public during the day. See our COVID-19 update page for visitor vaccination requirements.
  • Library systems for members of the public to access the Sterling stacks, borrow books, or use public computers are not yet  available due to required IT updates. Resumption of these services will be announced on the COVID-19 update page later this spring.
  • Yale Library special collections reading rooms are open to non-Yale users who are fully vaccinated and boosted and have not traveled outside the U.S. for 15 days. The readings rooms at Yale Center for British Art are open using the same requirements and procedures at Yale Library special collections.  See information for non-Yale researchers.
  • Visit the Lillian Goldman Law Library website for information about law library access and services. 
  • For information about Classics Library collections, contact

Check library hours before visiting. Please contact Ask Yale Library if you have questions about your status to access any library.

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