Photography

Details of the Library’s photography policy are included in Section II of the “Yale University Library User Agreement for Special Collections.” In addition:

  1. Arrangements for images intended for publication must be made with the Head of Public Services. 
  2. Existing digital images for materials which have been made available on the digital image collection or other database online may be downloaded and should be used as study images.
  3. Photography is permitted only to the extent that it does not disrupt other readers or compromise the safety of the collections or security of the facility.
  4. Readers wishing to take digital images of collection materials may either use their own camera or use the camera provided by the Library for that purpose. The camera is made available upon request, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The settings on the camera may not be changed, and the use of flash is not permitted. It is the responsibility of the reader doing the photography to download and save the images locally at the end of the photographic session.
  5. Readers may not take digital photographs of copies held at the LWL of originals that are owned by other repositories. Photocopies of photostat prints will be made for study use only when the repository’s image cannot be located online.
  6. All material in the Library must be handled with great care. Library materials must remain on the Reading Room table, and foam supports should be used for books. Book weights may be used to hold a page open; however, no pressure should be applied to bindings. Loose manuscript or unbound graphic material must remain in its folder, flat on the table, and kept in order at all times. Library staff are available to assist with proper handling as needed.
  7. Each user is responsible for recording complete and accurate citations (complete location information) for all items he or she photographs for future reference and orders for publication photography.