Divinity Library


The online catalogs and databases below provide access to information about the Yale University Library's rich collections in manuscript, print, and electronic format. Many of these resources, such as journal articles or ebooks, are full-text and, depending on whether they are open access, may be freely available; otherwise, if licensed, they are restricted to members of the Yale community. For specific information about these resources and their contents, including problems of access, please contact Suzanne Estelle-Holmer or Graziano Krätli.

ATLA Religion Database

The premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, with coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for several journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century. Yale only

Electronic Resources for Religion

Yale University subscribes to hundreds of databases and electronic resources. This reserach guide will help you to navigate this by complex environment by providing a comprehensive list of all the electronic resources available to Yale University pertaining to religion. Freely available


Quicksearch combines the Orbis and Morris catalogs and searches Articles+ all in one convenient fast search. Freely available


Articles+ provides a quick, easy and comprehensive search of thousands of journal articles; full-text searchable. Yale only


Yale University Library's open-access catalog is the main portal to search records for approximately 13 million volumes located across the Yale University Library system. Freely available


Yale's Lillian Goldman Law Library catalog provides access to an extensive collection that is not represented in Orbis. Freely available


Includes more than 50 million records for books and other materials held in thousands of academic, public, special and national libraries around the world. Yale only

Borrow Direct

Yale patrons can use Borrow Direct to check the availability of and request books, music scores, and other library items from the combined catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Stanford, University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania within four business days. It can be used to obtain items that are unavailable for checkout at Yale, not held by the Yale library, or on course reserve. Yale only

Archives at Yale

Finding aids describe archival and manuscript collections at Arts, Beinecke, Divinity, and Music libraries, and the Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling. Freely available

Digital Collections

Digital image and text collections from the Yale University Library. Freely available


Audio-visual collections from the Yale University Library. Freely available


Find subject-specific databases by title. Direct links to subscribed and freely available research databases and other resources, such as encyclopedias, bibliographies and dictionaries. Some databases are also "cross-searchable"; that is, they may be searched at one time in combination with other databases.

Research Guides

Use these research guides to get started in your research, formulate a research strategy for a topic, and find information about print and electronic resources. Click on Divinity or Religious Studies to view over twenty guides relating to these fields. Freely available

Google Scholar

Provides  a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles. Freely available


Yale patrons my download popular fiction and non-fiction eBooks and audiobooks in a variety of formats. Yale only

Primary Sources

A guide to primary sources at Yale. Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic, created by witnesses who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Yale only

Lectureships and Visitorships

The Yale Divinity School’s named lectures are part of the Yale University Divinity School Memorabilia Collection (Record Group 53, Series V. Audio-Visual Materials) in Archives at Yale. Many lectures have been recorded and subsequently converted to digital format, and the resulting audio or video files are regularly added to the Yale Divinity Library Audio-Visual collections online.

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