Borrowing Privileges for Visitors

Visitor Pass Options

Visitors may sign up for a Yale Library account to use and/or borrow from our general collections with a range of free and paid options. Visitor accounts are available to anyone, regardless of connection or affiliation with Yale.

Call (203) 432-1775, or visit the Sterling Library service desk during business hours (8:30 am - 6 pm, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am - 5 pm on Friday) to set up your account. Because of recent IT changes, you must sign up for a new account even if you have had one in the past.

Pass Options Rates Books/Loans
Desk Pass One week, free, option to renew 20, for in-library use
Access Pass $20/week or $40/month * 20, for in-library use 
Borrowing-Basic
$200/3 months or $750/year
25, for checkout
Borrowing-Basic+  $850/year (annual rate only) 60, for checkout 
 

* Access Pass is free for students, staff, and faculty from other universities with ID.

Pass Options

Desk Pass

  • Staff retrieval of up to 20 items per day from Sterling Library stacks and the Library Shelving Facility  ** 
  • Entry to Sterling Library and Bass Library up to 6 pm
  • No borrowing privileges or stack access

Access Pass

  • Access to the Sterling Library stacks
  • No borrowing privileges
  • Retrieve materials from Sterling Library and the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) collections (20 items per day) ** 
  • Entry to Sterling Library and Bass Library after 6 pm (when  ID is required to enter the building)
  • Access Pass is free for students, staff, and faculty from other universities with valid ID
  • Onsite access to electronic resources

Borrowing: Basic Pass

  • Book loan period: 2 months
  • Number of books/loans: 25
  • Check out materials from any library, excludes Yale Film Archive
  • Entry to Sterling Library and Bass Library after 6 pm, when an ID is required to enter the building
  • Onsite access to electronic resources

Borrowing: Basic+ Pass

  • Same benefits at Basic Pass, plus a higher item limit
  • Number of books/loans: 60 books 
** Use “Request for Pickup” option in Quicksearch and select service desk in Sterling or Bass as a pickup location. Allow two business days for delivery of items between libraries. 
 

Access to Electronic Resources (Databases, Online Journals, etc.)

Access to library-licensed electronic resources is contractually limited to currently employed faculty and staff and currently enrolled students of Yale and its immediately affiliated institutions. On-campus visitors from other Eduroam-affiliated institutions can select this network by logging in with their home university ID. 

Visitors may access e-resources on a limited number of computers in the Sterling Library nave if they have an Access Pass or higher. Call (203) 432-1775, or visit the Sterling service desk for more information and to set up access.

Payment information: We accept credit card payments with American Express, Visa, or Mastercard, and checks. An e-pay option is available. We do not accept cash.