Divinity Library Special Collections

Information for Researchers

Information for researchers

Manage requests (Aeon)

Planning your research visit

Reproduction policies

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Guide to Missions and World Christianity

The Divinity Library Special Collections reading room is open Monday to Friday (excluding Yale holidays) from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The Yale Divinity Library, including the special collections reading room, is open to current Yale graduate and professional students, staff, and faculty (including emeriti) who are authorized to be on campus and in the Quad. Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are now open to the Yale community and to non-Yale researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. Non-Yale researchers are required to register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. Plan your visit.

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. Collection materials should be requested 2 business days before you plan to visit.

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.

The Divinity Special Collections Reading Room is located in the Divinity Library, on the lower level. Upon entering, follow the hallway to the right. Take a left at the scanners, then the stairwell on the right down one floor. The reading room is on the right at the bottom of the stairs. Alternately, there is an elevator available down the hall on the right as you enter the library. Take the elevator down one floor. Take the hallway right, then turn left to get to the reading room.

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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Monday, May 16, 2022 - 9:27am