Yale Center for British Art


1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06520

Open to students, scholars, and researchers of all types, the Louis I. Kahn-designed Reference Library includes over 30,000 titles and 80+ current periodicals devoted to British art, artists, and culture from the sixteenth century to the present day.  The collections include essential reference works on British artists, but also contain resources on British architecture, print and book culture, provenance research, costume, town and county histories, and travel books.  The Reference Library maintains a growing and vital collection of art conservation and technical analysis materials and offers a station for viewing DVD recordings of the Center's past lectures and programs.

The Photograph Archive, located within the Reference Library, is a study collection of nearly 200,000 photographic reproductions of works of British art from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century.  The archive represents both public and private collections worldwide with a particular focus on collections in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is supplemented by microform holdings of the Witt Library of the Courtauld Institute of Art and the 72-volume Harold Jennings Portraiture Albums.

The Center's Institutional Archive holds over 1,000 linear feet of records and hundreds of architectural drawings that document the Center's construction and stewardship from the mid-1960s onward.

The Reference Library's holdings, not including the Photograph and Institutional Archives, can be searched either independently or in conjunction with the Center's art and rare books collections through Collections Search, as well as through Orbis, Yale Library's online catalogue. 

What's Available: 

Public Computer
Natural Light
Individual Tables
Large Tables
Absolute Quiet
Color Printer
Electrical Outlets



The Yale Center for British Art is temporarily closed until further notice.


The Library is on the second floor of the Yale Center for British Art, off the Library Court.