Arts Library Special Collections

Visit the Arts Library Special Collections

Location and Contact Information

Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) is located on the lower level of the Haas Arts Library, inside the Loria Center, 190 York Street, New Haven, CT

ALSC front desk: 203-432-1712
ALSC email:

Reading Room Hours and Procedures

Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) is open to the public Monday-Friday from 12 noon-4:45pm. We are also by appointment between 9am and 4:45pm as staffing permits. View the weekly schedule for ALSC hours.

ALSC is closed on Saturday and Sunday as well as holidays when the University is closed. Additionally, ALSC has reduced hours of 1pm-4pm during academic recess periods. Please refer to the Arts Library website for the most up-to-date information about ALSC hours. 

ALSC is open to all Yale University students, faculty, and staff as well as visiting researchers. For ALSC reading room privileges, first-time visitors must pre-register online and complete the registration process in person with appropriate ID(s). Consult the Yale University Library Special Collections Guide for details. 

Please read the full Reading Room Policy prior to your visit. All ALSC policies and procedures, such as having a valid registration and securing your personal belongings in a locker, help to ensure the safety and preservation of the materials. The Reading Room is monitored by video camera as well as staff members. In addition to the use of notebooks and pencils or laptops, ALSC permits readers to photograph materials, without use of flash or tripod, in accordance with the Yale University Library User Agreement for Special Collections

Access to Materials

Arts Library Special Collections are non-circulating and cannot be browsed, so researchers are encouraged to learn more about ALSC holdings prior to visiting the library. ALSC materials are cataloged in ORBIS, the Yale University Library’s online catalog. Some archival collections are also described in more detail in the Yale Finding Aid Database. In addition, ALSC librarians are available for research consultations by request.

Readers must fill out a material request form, in person or online, for each visit to the ALSC Reading Room. Each reader must have an up-to-date registration to view materials. Up to five items may be requested per person per day. For more extensive requests, contact a staff member to discuss your needs.

Some ALSC materials are stored on-site, but most of our materials are stored off-site at the Library Shelving Facility (LSF).

On-Site Materials

On-site materials are indicated with the location code Haas Arts Special Collections (Non-Circulating) in Orbis and Quicksearch. These materials can be requested and used within 30 minutes of an in-person paging request. 

Off-Site Materials

Off-site materials are indicated with the location code LSF - Haas Arts Special Collections (Non-Circulating) in Orbis and Quicksearch. These materials are housed at the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) and thus require at least two business days’ advance notice to retrieve.

Readers can place requests in person at the Arts Library or use the request links embedded in the online catalog. Readers will be notified by email when requested materials are available to view.

Visiting Researchers

Arts Library Special Collections welcomes visits from non-Yale affiliated researchers. Please contact Mar González Palacios, Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections, at least two weeks in advance of your visit to discuss your needs. We will offer extended hours when staffing coverage permits. Visiting researchers must follow all ALSC policies and procedures.

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Monday, February 4, 2019 - 2:36pm