The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include important holdings of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, and decorative arts. Given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (1895-1979) and Annie Burr Lewis (1902-1959), the Lewis Walpole Library is located in Farmington, Connecticut, in several eighteenth-century buildings on a fourteen-acre campus. The Lewis Walpole Library is a department of Yale University Library and open to researchers.

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We are excited to announce that the Lewis Walpole Library will be open an extra hour on Monday evenings on an experimental basis beginning July 9 and running each Monday through August 27.

The Reading Room will now be open Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

We are offering this change in schedule in response to survey results from Fellows and other researchers at the LWL who expressed a desire for more time in the Reading Room. We hope it will make it easier for members of the research community in New Haven, too, to come to the Library in the afternoon and take advantage of the additional hour.

Please note that the last paging will take place at 4 p.m., so plan to submit your requests before then to ensure the collection materials can be brought to the reading room the same day.

The Summer edition of the LWL newsletter is out now. Catch up on the latest happenings at the library and see what our past fellows have been up to. 

Screenshot of the first page of the LWL Summer 2018 newsletter


Nicole L. Bouché
July 20, 2018
Summer Greetings from Farmington! Several of our newly minted 2018/19 LWL Fellows are visiting at the moment, with more to come in the weeks ahead.  Our historic campus is...
color print of a crowd looking at prints in a shop window
July 20, 2018
The Library’s extensive collection of digital images has proved to be of immense use to scholars over the years. The old digital library, commonly referred to as the “...
Portrait photo of young woman in 1920s hat holding fluffy dog
July 20, 2018
Lewis Legacy Archivist Sandra Markham is completing the processing of the twentieth-century Lewis family archival material held by the library. Sandra arrived in July 2016...