Divinity Library Special Collections
Planning Your Research Visit
During the academic term, the Divinity Library is normally open seven days a week (8:30 a.m. to 9:45 pm on Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:45 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm - 9:45 pm on Sunday). During the summer and semester breaks, the Library is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm. The Special Collections reading room is open only weekdays, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. See the hours page for information about holiday and break closings.
During non-business hours (i.e., weekdays after 6:30 pm and weekends) entry into the Divinity School building, and hence the library, requires card-swipe access with a Yale NetID. The ID cards of students, faculty and staff of the Divinity School are automatically set up for access into the building. However, other Yale students, faculty, and staff do not have automatic access into the building on evenings and weekends with their Yale NetID cards.
Patrons wishing to return books to the library after normal business hours may use the bookdrop, located across from the main entrance to the Divinity School building, near the parking lot entrance.
The Yale Divinity Library, as part of the Yale University Library system, has been developed primarily as a working and research collection for the faculty, students, and staff of Yale University. Those not affiliated with the University are expected to investigate resources in libraries normally available to them before turning to the Yale University Library.
Visitors not affiliated with Yale University are required to sign into the Divinity Library Guestbook, located next to the Circulation Desk.
See the Borrowing Guide for information about library privileges for various categories of individuals. In addition to the statuses listed in the Borrowing Guide, the Divinity Library also provides limited privileges to a) Supervising Pastors annually certified by the Divinity School's Field Education Office; b) Researchers who are in residence for an extended period at the Overseas Ministries Study Center; c) Members of churches which have membership in the Ministry Resource Center.
Access to the Divinity Library's Special Collections is normally granted to all qualified undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, independent scholars, and authors from both within and outside Yale. Family members of those who have donated their personal papers are welcome to use family papers. Most of our collections are shelved offsite and must be retrieved for use. Please see the Special Collections website for more information.
Library access and/or borrowing privileges may be revoked for violation of library policies and at the discretion of the Divinity Librarian.
Directions and parking
The Divinity Library is located within the Divinity School building, at 409 Prospect Street, slightly less than one mile from central campus. The main entrance to the Divinity School, marked by a portico, is along the north driveway up from Prospect Street, past the stairs that lead into the quadrangle. Once inside the main entrance of the Divinity School, bear left and follow the interior corridor around to the library entrance.
The Yale Shuttle Blue Line stops right at the Divinity School. The Red Line stop is across the street near Division Street. Go to Shuttle Services for more information on the Yale Shuttle. You can also see the current location of the shuttle by going to Yale Shuttle Vehicle Locator.
Driving directions from outside New Haven:
From I-91: Take Exit 6, Willow Street. Turn right on Willow and follow to its end. Turn right on Whitney Avenue and immediately left on Canner Street. Proceed to the top of the hill. Turn left on Prospect Street. The Divinity School campus is located about 1/2 block up the street, on the left.
From Wilbur Cross Parkway (Rt. 15): Take Exit 61 and go south on Whitney Avenue for several miles. Turn right on Canner Street. Proceed to the top of the hill. Turn left on Prospect Street. The Divinity School campus is located about 1/2 block up the street, on the left.
Parking: Free on-street parking is available on Canner Street, on Prospect Street north of Division Street, and on Division Street. (Watch signs for occasional parking bans.) There are some visitor parking slots along the main driveway up from Prospect Street; to park in one of the visitor parking spaces, you will need to get a guest parking pass from the reception desk at the main entrance.
Link to a map showing how to reach the Divinity School.
In addition to the accommodations listed on the Visit New Haven Web site, these two bed and breakfasts are conveniently located near the Yale Divinity Library:
Tips for Using the Library
The Yale Divinity Library has open stacks and visitors are welcome to browse the on-site collection. More than half of the Divinity Library's print volumes, as well as the majority of its archival collections, are shelved off-site at the Yale University Library Shelving Facility (LSF). These materials, as well as circulating items held at other Yale libraries, can be retrieved for use in the Divinity Library. It is therefore important that researchers begin their searches for material online, using the Orbis catalog and Archives at Yale, rather than relying on on-site browsing.
In Orbis, use the "Request recall or delivery" link to initiate retrieval of items from LSF or other Yale Libraries. A valid Yale NetID or Visitor Card is required to place a request. If you do not have a valid ID, ask the Circulation Manager or email the library at email@example.com for assistance. Items marked "non-circulating" may be requested but must be used in the library's Special Collections reading room. Individuals without retrieval privileges may ask the Special Collection staff to retrieve and hold materials for use.
Researchers who are coming to New Haven for a brief period of time are urged to submit requests for books and archival resources beforehand, to allow time for the materials to be paged to the Divinity Library. As a general rule, it will take two business days for materials to be paged from the Library Shelving Facility or from other libraries on campus. Feel free to submit reference inquiries to the Divinity Library email address (firstname.lastname@example.org ) as well; the Divinity Library staff may be able to recommend additional resources for your research.