COVID Library Updates

July 29, 2022

For campus visitors

We are pleased to welcome visitors to the public spaces and current exhibits at Sterling Memorial Library (including the nave, the Hanke Gallery, the Wall Street Exhibition Corridor, and Gilmore Music Library); the Beinecke Library exhibition gallery; and the Lewis Walpole Library during designated visitor hours. All visitors must be vaccinated and boosted when eligible. See “Vaccination Requirements,” below, for details and required documentation. See current exhibitions and related news.

At this time, members of the public may not access the Sterling bookstacks, borrow library materials, or use public computers. Our systems for providing library access to visitors require some updates due to IT changes made during the university’s COVID response; we hope to have these systems up and running again soon. Updates will be posted on this page.

Library hours and access may shift without notice in response to weather, changing pandemic circumstances and University guidance. Always check library hours on the library website before coming to campus. (Yale Library hours listed in Google are not always accurate, especially in cases of inclement weather, holidays, or other unusual circumstances.)

Libraries located within non-library buildings (Marx Library, Haas Family Arts Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Divinity Library, and Classics Library) will remain closed to the public until the university resumes public access to those buildings.

Vaccination requirements

  • In accordance with Yale University policy, COVID vaccination (including a booster, if eligible) is required for visitors five and older.
  • You may be asked to present proof of vaccination.
  • Unvaccinated children under the age of five are eligible to visit. 
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes: MyChart or other provider portal record; VAMS certificate; CDC card; CT WIZ official immunization record; Photo of a vaccination card, certificate, or record (or a photo stored in a digital wallet)
  • Masking on campus is optional except in certain settings. Please refer to guidelines from Yale Environmental Health & Safety.

Using special collections

All Yale Library special collections reading rooms are now open to non-Yale researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Researchers must register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. These processes, including vaccine attestations, are expected to remain in place until the University changes its alert level to one that enables broader access to university spaces without vaccination. Plan your visit

The Yale Center for British Art’s Reference Library and Study Room is also open to non-Yale researchers using the Yale Library registration system and following the same procedures. 

Connecting with library staff 

About 75 percent of library staff are now working either four or five days per week onsite, depending on operational roles and needs. A smaller number of staff are scheduled three days per week onsite and two days off, and fewer than 5 percent of staff are fully remote. To meet patron needs, we are offering a mix of onsite and online research consultations, workshops, and library instruction. Current faculty, staff, and students may access electronic resources on and off campus.  Please contact individual staff directly to schedule in-person or online consultations and appointments.

Books by mail

Current students, faculty, and staff may request to have library materials, including BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan materials, scanned or mailed to U.S. addresses. To request this service, use the “Send to home address” links in Orbis and Quicksearch. 

See our COVID-19 FAQ for more about online and remote services.