Divinity Library Special Collections

Information for Researchers

Information for researchers

Beginning Wednesday November 25, 2020, through at least Monday, January 4, 2021:

  • The Divinity Library is closed to researchers  per Yale Library and University COVID-19 guidance.
  • However, staff members continue to offer reference and consultation services remotely, except during winter recess (December 23 - January 3): email divinity.library@yale.edu or your Personal Librarian. For general questions, contact Ask Yale Library via email or chat.
  • Contactless pickup has been added at the Divinity School reception area to make pick up of materials easier for students living on or near the Divinity campus. Items may be requested for pickup at Divinity November 30 – December 18 (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm). Non-divinity students who do not have swipe-access to the Divinity Quad should seek assistance at the Divinity reception desk.
  • Contactless pickup in Sterling will reopen on November 30 in Thain Café at Bass Library (Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm).
  • Alternatively, you may request library materials, including BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan materials, to be mailed to any U.S. address. Or you may request to have materials scanned.
  • For scans of special collections materials, email the relevant special collections library or repository. 
  • Our vast electronic resources remain available to you wherever you are. Emergency access to HathiTrust e-books is ongoing.
  • Monitor the library’s COVID-19 page for updates on access and services.

Watch this site for updates regarding Divinity Library services for the month of January 2021 and Yale University's Spring term.

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 divinity.library@yale.edu.  See the Library's Planning Your Research Visit page for directions, parking information, and lodging possibilities.

Requests for material should be made through Archives at Yale for archival material and Orbis for restricted circulation published materials and microforms.  It is important to note that most collections are stored at an off-campus shelving facility so 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 your request in advance. You will receive an email message when the materials are available.

All researchers must agree to the terms governing use of the Divinity Library's Special Collections.

Please address reference inquiries to divinity.library@yale.edu.

We encourage researchers to visit the Divinity Library in person in order to take advantage of its valuable complementary collections but recognize that in-person visits may not be possible for all. We are willing to respond to remote requests for information and for copies of materials according to our stated reproduction policies.

The following are possible options to explore in order to locate a research assistant for hire. You will need to be able to describe your research needs succinctly in order to utilize any of these services. Be sure to include any special research skills required, such as languages.

  • A message sent to divinity.library@yale.edu can be forwarded to the Yale Divinity School’s student email listserv.
  • The McDougal Graduate Student Center within Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences maintains e-mail contact with all Yale graduate and professional students. You may contact the McDougal Graduate Student Center by email at at mcdougal.center@yale.edu or by telephone at (203) 432-2583, to advertise employment of a research assistant
  • Yale history students are sometimes interested in temporary employment. You may contact the Department of History by telephone at (203) 432-1366 or by writing to P.O. Box 208324, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8324.
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