Information for researchers

The Special Collections Reading Room is located on the ground floor of the Divinity Library. If you have questions about access, please call (203) 432-5301 or email  See the Library's Planning Your Research Visit page for directions, parking information, and lodging possibilities.

It is important to note that many collections are stored at an off-campus shelving facility. If you wish to examine material from these collections in the Special Collections Reading Room on the day of your arrival at the Divinity Library, you must submit an electronic request form at least two full business days in advance:

The Special Collections department is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See the Divinity Library hours page for exceptions. Original format materials can be used only when the Special Collections department is open but microfilm and microfiche collections can be used whenever the Divinity Library is open. Microfilm and microfiche collections may be available via interlibrary loan to qualified users, by permission of the Special Collections Librarian.

Access to the Divinity Library's Special Collections is normally granted to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars or authors from both within and outside Yale. Family members of those who have donated their personal papers are welcome to use family papers. All researchers must agree to the terms governing use of the Divinity Library's Special Collections.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:08pm