Spouses and Domestic Partners

Spouses and Domestic Partners

Yale recognizes marriages (opposite- and same-sex) as well as civil unions or legal partnerships created by states, regardless of name (“spouse”). If you are the spouse of a Yale faculty or staff member, or student, you are eligible for a Yale ID and free library access and borrowing.
If you are not considered a spouse by the university but are the long-term partner of a Yale faculty member, staff member, or student, the library offers a separate option for access and borrowing (“domestic partner”). This borrowing status is unrelated to the university’s or state’s definition of your relationship.
Note: Spouses of Yale alumni also enjoy the privilege of accessing alumni benefits. Discover the full range of alumni options available.


Spouses of Yale faculty, students and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at the library at no charge. These privileges include:
  • Cost: Free
  • Book loan period: 2 months
  • Number of books/loans: 50
  • Number of Yale Film Archive items: 20
  • Access to Sterling Memorial and Bass Library after 6 pm, when an ID is required to enter the building
  • NetID access to public computer terminals
  • Access to the Yale Secure network while on campus

Spouses are not eligible for Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan services or remote access to library resources.

The spouse must bring required documentation and identification to the Yale University ID Center to get a Yale University ID Card. Once you have your ID Card, you need to visit the Sterling Memorial Library service desk to set up your library account. Borrowing privileges expire on June 30th each year and are renewable for the duration of spouses’ appointment at Yale.

Domestic Partners

Yale faculty, student and staff may sponsor his/her long-term domestic partner for borrowing privileges at the Yale Library as a member of the Yale community. 
Payment methods: We accept credit cards (American Express, Visa, or Mastercard) and checks. An e-pay option is available. We do not accept cash. 
Pass Options Rates Books/Loans
Access Pass Free N/A, request 20 items
Affiliate Borrower $50 for six months, renewable 50
Domestic partners who wish to use Yale Library collections should fill out the privileges pre-registration form. When you come to the library to complete the registration process, both you and your partner must register together at the library services desk located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library. The sponsor and partner both complete and sign the registration form. To register, you will need to provide two forms of ID-one from each column.
Government Issued ID Documentation to confirm address shared with sponsor
  • Driver’s license (from U.S. or Canada)
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (form I-551) from USCIS.
  • Valid apartment lease with both names
  • Bank account statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Credit card bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Utility bill (dated within 30 days)