Research Support

Teaching and Research Education in the Library

Haas librarians continue to enhance and expand their graduate and undergraduate library instruction program, actively promoting research skills and library collections as key to students’ success at Yale. They facilitate teaching and learning in a variety of academic programs with library-specific workshops, course-integrated sessions and individual consultations. Haas librarians regularly work with professors to develop sessions tailored to a specific course or topic. With two classrooms available, both equipped with digital projectors, the library is ideally suited to support small classes and seminars. Alternatively, Haas librarians are available to visit classes or seminars as requested.

The Arts Library Special Collections classroom on the lower level has a 14-seat table designed to handle oversized and delicate materials. This classroom is also available for group study using special collections materials. Upstairs, a 20-seat classroom features individual computers and dual-camera projection.

Reference services are offered in the following ways:

  • A full-service information desk offers directional reference as well as access to print and electronic reserves for arts-related courses, student shelves for storing on-site materials, and Eli Express drop-off and delivery.
  • In-person service is offered at the Service Desk by referral and based on librarian availability, individual service by appointment, phone or email.
  • Websites and printed materials: For times when a reference librarian is not available, the Haas Arts Library provides Subject Guides, tutorials and links to arts-related electronic resources and course specific research information on this website.

Reference staff is available to help:

  • Discover the rich collections in the Haas Family Arts Library and related departments
  • Identify and use electronic and print reference tools
  • Develop research strategies
  • Identify research materials beyond Yale
  • Assist with class projects or research papers
  • Answer specific informational questions

Services that we are unable to offer:

  • Provenance research of works of art or printed materials: we will be happy to direct you to the resources that will help in your research.
  • Appraisal of works of art: It is against Yale University policy to offer any assessment of value to any work of art or printed item.

Service Standards

  • All readers will be treated with courtesy, dignity, and respect by library staff who are approachable and who communicate in a receptive, cordial, and encouraging manner.
  • Knowledgeable and well-trained staff will provide information to readers that is accurate and comprehensive. Answers to questions will be cited from printed or electronic resources. Library staff will not offer interpretations or opinions regarding information provided. Opinions are offered only within the staff member’s area of library expertise and will be identified as such when offered.
  • Every effort will be made to make each reference interaction as simple, enjoyable, and positive as possible. Staff will listen attentively and will respond to each question or concern.
  • Following established policies and procedures for access and service, all readers will be treated in a consistent manner.

Feedback, monitoring, and assessment

  • The library will periodically monitor the quality of reference service provided to see that it meets or exceeds established service standards.
  • The library will provide opportunities for readers to offer feedback and recommendations regarding reference services and will respond to this feedback in an appropriate and timely manner.

Arts Research Education Program, Orientations and Tours

The Haas Family Arts Library offers a comprehensive Arts Research Education Program consisting of mandatory instruction and orientations programs; subject-based instruction sessions & tours; and individualized reference consultations for particular assignments. For specialized in-class Research Education sessions on particular topics in art history, architecture, or performing arts, please contact Lindsay King. For Arts Library Special Collections contact Mar González Palacios, Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections.

School of Architecture

  • Master of Architecture (MArch) I & II Summer Orientation and Fall Research Education Program: Required orientation to architecture collections at Yale, basic and advanced research methods.
  • Undergraduate Architecture Research Education Program: Required research methods session taught in conjunction with selected course. Covers basic and advanced research methods based on selected topic.
  • Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D.): Group orientation.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture (Ph.D.): Group orientation.

History of Art

  • History of Art New Graduate Student Orientation: Fall tour and orientation.
  • History of Art Undergraduate Survey Research Education session: For all HSAR 112/115 Sections each semester.
  • History of Art Senior Essay: Individual consultations each fall and spring semester.


  • Contact Colin McCaffrey, Classics Librarian, for more information on Research Education programs for Classics.

School of Art

  • School of Art MFA Orientations & Tours: conducted each fall and with basic Research Education component for academic and image research.

Drama & Theater Studies

  • Haas Arts Library liaisons for Art, Architecture, School of Art and School of Drama, and our curator of Special Collections partner in orientations, tours, and research education classes for the School of Drama and the Program in Theatre Studies and Dance.
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