Reading Room

Practical Matters regarding the Reading Room

The Reading Room accommodates up to ten readers at one large table. The Reading Room is climate-controlled. Some readers find the temperature chilly, so it is advisable to bring a sweater or shawl, especially in summer. Please note that any sweater or shawl should either be worn while in the Reading Room or hung in one of the lockers down the hall while not in use.

Reader Cubbies. Each reader has a cubby behind the monitor’s desk in which collection materials he or she has paged are kept. Researchers staying for more than one day may request that materials be retained in their cubby for as long as needed as long as there is sufficient space in the cubby. Monitors may request that the researcher return some items for reshelving if space becomes tight. All items taken from the cubby must be signed out with the monitor.

Requesting material. Paging is available from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Books, bound manuscripts, and graphic materials may be made through Yale’s Library catalog Orbis (or Quicksearch), or through the Yale Finding Aid Database (YFAD). Requests for other material not in Orbis can be made directly through Aeon. To place such a request, login to your Aeon account, click on “Can’t find it?” link on the left side menu, then, under Lewis Walpole Library, click on either manuscript or book and fill out the form. Please ask for assistance if you need help. 

Request Limit. There is a limit of ten requests per person. We may override the request limit on an individual case basis. Please contact us if you have a need to have the limit overridden. It is extremely important that you still adhere to the ten-item limit for requests at any other special collections repository elsewhere at Yale (e.g. Beinecke, Manuscripts and Archives, Medical Historical Library). 

Supplies. Book weights, bookmarks, pencils, and magnifying glasses are available on the table. Task lamps, a small camera, and a light sheet are available upon request.

Wireless internet access. This is provided throughout the Lewis Walpole Library and the Timothy Root House. In order to access the secure wireless network at the LWL, including access to the subscription databases, it is necessary for the monitor to register each Reader’s wireless device on the Yale Network. This will work on the wireless both here at the LWL and down on campus. The registration will be valid for the duration of your stay in Farmington. It will be necessary to register the device again on future visits. Please see the Reading Room monitor to have her or him register your device.

Public computer terminal and printer. There is a public terminal and black and white printer available in the Reading Room. There is no self-service photocopier. Any requests for photocopies must be made with the monitor and approval as well as any limits on the amount of photocopying is at the discretion of the monitor. No material published earlier than 1950 or in poor condition will be photocopied.


Please follow the instructions of the Reading Room monitor. In case of fire, exit the Reading Room promptly, go out the Exit door to the right in the hallway and through the exterior door from the stairway. Proceed to the Root House terrace.