Day Missions Reading Room, Yale Divinity Library

The Day Missions Reading Room, Yale Divinity School Library © Photo by Lisa Kereszi

Chinese Port View

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Trowbridge Reading Room © Photo by Lisa Kereszi

Completely renovated in 2017, the Trowbridge Reading Room is a popular space for students and scholars who need to consult the Library's reference collection, or simply read or write in a quiet, inspiring ambience. © Photo by Lisa Kereszi

Memorandum of a payment or contribution of oil, from Oxyrhynchus

Memorandum of a payment or contribution of oil, from Oxyrhynchus [Bahnasā], Minya Governatorate, Egypt, 5th century CE. Formerly part of Andover Newton Theological School

The Day Missions Reading Room

The Day Missions Reading Room, Yale Divinity School Library © Photo by Lisa Kereszi

The Divinity Library Rotunda

The Divinity Library Rotunda  © Photo by Lisa Kereszi

Shelved Books

A close-up view of the stacks...

Students in the Trowbridge Reading Room

Completely renovated in 2017, the Trowbridge Reading Room is a popular space for students and scholars who need to consult the Library's reference collection, or simply read or write in a quiet, inspiring ambience.

Today's Hours

In Focus

Omar ibn Said, renowned Muslim scholar and African American slave (c. 1850)

A new Divinity Library research guide directs users to a variety of print and electronic resources for the study of American religious history.  Created by Josh Panos, MAR ’22, this guide highlights the rich diversity of religious experience in the Americas from the colonial period to the present.   In addition to reference works, databases, and journals, it also lists digital humanities projects and digital archival collections. 

New Online Exhibition

The motto of Lingnan University, “For God, for China, and for Lingnan,” was modeled after that of Yale University, “For God, for Country, and for Yale,” which Henry Durand, a member of Yale College Class of 1881, created as part of a rallying cry in his ballad. This online exhibit reveals how generations of Lingnanians, both Chinese and American at various levels, have served Chinese society despite a series of political and social turmoil in China during the 20th century.

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Divinity Library & Special Collections

The Yale Divinity Library, including the special collections reading room, is currently open to current Yale graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty (including emeriti) who are authorized to be on campus and in the Quad. To be admitted to the Yale Divinity Library, Yale students must first be admitted to the Yale Divinity Quadrangle.  Before seeking admission to the Quad, patrons should be in compliance with the Yale Community Compact. For admission to the Quad, Yale students should contact Kathy Antos, Yale Divinity School’s Health & Safety Leader. She will reach out to Health & Safety leaders for confirmation of compliance. See the Library Reopening FAQ for location-specific details. In compliance with health and safety guidelines for reducing library occupancy, we are unable to extend access to other patron groups, including alumni and retired staff and faculty without emeritus status, until further notice. We regret any inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming our extended community when public health conditions improve.