Student Shelves

This service offers patrons the opportunity to reserve an onsite personal shelf in The Haas Arts Library.

  • Only materials from the Haas Family Arts Library Art & Architecture collection are permitted on student shelves.
  • Personal materials or materials from other Yale Libraries may not be placed on a student shelf for security purposes.
  • Art & Architecture collection periodicals, and all Haas Arts Library reference books and reserve books do not circulate to student shelves.
  • Drama collection materials are not permitted on Haas Arts Library student shelves. Drama collection books and periodicals have a 2 month circulation policy and are subject to recall.
  • Patrons may remove materials from their own or other student shelves for regular check-out. If the proper procedure is followed, materials will be placed back on the assigned shelf when returned.
  • During high use periods of the semester, shelves may be assigned multiple patrons.
  • Patrons are asked to keep shelves neat and place books in the proper shelving position to prevent damage to materials. Bookends are provided. Books placed on top of other books will be returned to the stacks.
  • For collection preservation, students are prohibited from using post-it notes in library materials. Any post-it notes left in books will be removed.
  • Two shelving options are available: Long Term and Short Term. See below for details.

Long Term Shelves

  • Long Term shelves are located on the main level on the York Street side of the reading room and in the lower level compact shelving area
  • Shelves are assigned to Graduate Students and Seniors researching for Senior Essays.
  • Shelves are available for use by semester or Academic Year. All items are removed from shelves at the end of Spring semester.
  • For use during summer term, shelves must be renewed before the end of spring semester.
  • Summer students wishing to continue using their shelves for fall semester must renew at the end of the summer. Otherwise, all shelves will be cleared at the end of the summer term.
  • Faculty members are not permitted use of long term shelves during the academic year, but may reserve a shelf during summer term.

Short Term Shelves

  • Short Term shelves are located on the lower level in the perimeter of the compact shelving area.
  • Shelves are assigned to Undergraduate Students.
  • Shelves are available for a 3-week term of use.
  • Unless a shelf is renewed, all items are removed from an assigned shelf 3 weeks after reserve date.

 Reserving and placing material on a Long Term or Short Term Shelf

  • Patrons must visit the Haas Arts Library service desk to and provide a Yale ID.
  • After a shelf is assigned, students are responsible for taking materials to the Service Desk and filling out a “Yellow Shelf Card” for each item.
  • The “Yellow Shelf Card” will record the last name of the patron and title and call number of the item.
  • The “Yellow Shelf Card” will be placed in the item and kept there until the patron removes the item from their shelf or the shelf term ends.
  • After the “Yellow Shelf Card” is placed in an item, the book is charged out to the student shelf, not the student’s circulation account. Either the patron or library staff may place the item on a patron’s assigned shelf after the item is charged.
  • The “Yellow Shelf Card” must remain in the book when any patron checks the item out of the library. This will insure that the item is re-charged to the student’s shelf upon return.
  • If a patron wishes to take an item from their assigned shelf out of the library, the item must be taken to the library service desk and checked out to their personal circulation account. Provided the “Yellow Shelf Card” is present when the book is returned, it will then be re-charged back to the student’s shelf.
  • For more information regarding Student Shelves, please contact the Haas Arts Library Service Desk at 203-432-2645

Study Carrels

The Haas Family Arts Library offers 8 Study Carrels located on the balcony level.

  • The balcony can be accessed by stairs located on the York Street side of the library.
  • Carrels are reserved each semester for Architecture and History of Art PhD candidates.