Location & Directions
Manuscripts and Archives is located in Sterling Memorial Library (SML) at the heart of the Yale University Campus. Our reading room is located in the Wall Street wing of SML, across the hallway from the Memorabilia Room and Lecture Hall. Regardless of which entrance to SML you use, when you reach the Nave walk through the student exhibit corridor (the opposite direction from the Starr Reading Room) past the Selin Courtyard and continue to the end of the hallway. We're the last door on the right before you reach the emergency exit doorway. Ask the security guards at either entrance to SML if you're unsure how to find us. The location of SML on a Google map is provided here. Our hours of operation are available here.
Visitors Coming by Plane
Tweed New Haven Airport is ten minutes from the Yale campus by car or taxi. There is limousine service from other major airports.
Visitors Coming by Train
New Haven is served by both Metro-North and Amtrak. From the taxi stand in front of New Haven's Union Station you can take a taxi to Sterling Memorial Library. Be sure to allow 20-25 minutes if walking.
Visitors Coming by Car
Parking is not permitted along Wall and High Streets adjacent to Sterling Memorial Library and portions of these two streets are closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian access to Sterling Memorial Library is at 120 High Street (the main entrance into the Nave) or 301 York Street (entry through the Center for Teaching and Learning). Both entrances are wheelchair accessible. Yale does not maintain a visitors parking lot, but metered parking is available on some streets around the campus, including along the York Street side of Sterling Memorial Library. Commercial parking lots and garages are located at the Broadway parking Lot (on Broadway opposite the Yale Bookstore), at the Chapel-York Garage (on the left at 150 York Street, between Crown and Chapel Streets), at the Crown Street Garage (213 Crown Street, near College Street), at the Temple Street Garage (entrance on George Street, to the right just after the intersection of George and Temple Streets), on Church Street between Grove and Wall Streets on the right, and at the Grove Street Garage (65 Grove Street at Whitney Avenue). Additional information on parking in New Haven is available here.
Access From Major Highways
Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkways)
From the north: Take Exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for approximately five miles. Turn right on Sachem Street at the Peabody Museum traffic light. Continue to next traffic light (at Prospect Street) and turn left. Proceed for two blocks until Prospect Street becomes College Street at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda. Turn right onto Grove Street.
Grove Street becomes Tower Parkway. Stay in left-hand lane on Tower Parkway. After the signal light at Tower Parkway and Broadway, the left-hand lane heads east on Broadway. Broadway Plaza surface parking lot is on your left. After the third set of traffic lights, take a left-hand U-turn. Access to Broadway Plaza is on your left.
From the south: Take Exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for five miles to the fork of Derby Avenue and George Street (Three blocks past the Yale Athletic Fields). Bear right on George Street. Continue on George Street about eight blocks to York Street. Turn left. After turning onto York Street, cross Crown Street. The Chapel-York parking garage is on the left or you may continue on York Street to the second set of traffic lights and turn left on Broadway. Broadway Plaza surface parking lot is on your left.
From the north: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Continue to the end of Trumbull Street to the fifth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. Prospect Street becomes College Street at this point (at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda). Turn right onto Grove Street.
Follow directions in the second paragraph for Route 15 from the north.
From the north: Turn off I-95 at exit 48 for I-91 North (Hartford/Springfield) and continue for a short distance on I-91 to Trumbull Street Exit 3. After exiting onto Trumbull Street, continue to the end of Trumbull Street to the fifth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. Follow directions in second paragraph for Route 15 from north (above).
From the south: Take Downtown New Haven Exit 47. Proceed to the first exit to the city streets. This brings you onto North Frontage Road. Continue for four blocks to York Street. After turning right onto York Street, cross Crown Street. Chapel-York parking garage is on the left or continue on York Street to the second set of traffic lights and turn left on Broadway. Broadway Plaza surface parking lot is on your left.