• Reading Room Summer 2021
    • Thomas Patch, The Golden Asses


As of May 16, 2022, Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are open to all researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. 

Non-Yale researchers are required to register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. 

In addition, international researchers arriving from overseas must also adhere to the Yale travel requirements for visitors from other countries (SEE U.S. Restrictions and Requirements for International Travel under the Yale Covid 19 Travel Policy https://covid19.yale.edu/travel-policy)

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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.

At the library....

The library will be closed Thursday, November 24th & Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The  Library is delighted to announce the resumption of its Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants Program following a one-year suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

Applications for the 2023-24 fellowship cycle will be accepted beginning Monday, November 7, 2022; the deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 9, 2023. 

The 2023-24 fellowship year will run June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024.

For more information about the program, please see our Fellowships page. 



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October 17, 2022
Dr. Andrew Rudd, Senior Lecturer, English Department, University of Exeter 28 October 2022, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time Eighteenth-century England witnessed a remarkable...
September 19, 2022
September 20, 2022 7:00 PM Andrew Rudd, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter In this talk, Dr. Andrew Rudd (University of Exeter, UK) will explore the rich and exciting...
September 19, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 4:00-6:00 PM  Dwight Hall at Yale, 67 High Street, New Haven A Conversation jointly organized by The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University and...