Using Library Collections

Come to Yale Library to engage with millions of books, journals, and films.

Loan Periods and Limits

Role Loan Period Books/Loans Film Archive Items
Undergraduates 4 months 100 20
Undergraduate Seniors Academic Year 150 20
Graduate and Professional Students 1 year 500 20
Faculty 1 year 1,000 50
Staff 1 year 300 20
Retired Faculty 1 year  1,000 50
Retired Staff 1 year 300 20

Yale Library does not charge fines for the late return of a regular loan item unless it has been recalled for use by a course instructor or declared lost (i.e., it is more than 30 days overdue). Learn more about fines and fees for specific programs.

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