• 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)

Plan your visit

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 is thrilled to announce the opening of its new exhibition, “Knight Errant of the Distressed”: Horace Walpole and Philanthropy in Eighteenth-Century London, curated by Dr. Andrew Rudd, Senior Lecturer, English Department, University of Exeter. This exhibition uses images, manuscripts, artefacts and extracts from publications and correspondence to situate Walpole within the burgeoning philanthropic culture of his age. It reveals Walpole’s secret giving to prisoners and other good causes and examine the principles which underlay his philanthropy. A main aim of the exhibition is to stimulate discussion about philanthropy today. 

The exhibition opens Wednesday, May 11 and is open to the public every Wednesday from 2-4:30 PM, no appointment needed. 

And for those unable to visit in person, you can view the online version of the exhibit here: https://onlineexhibits.library.yale.edu/s/knighterrant/page/intro

*Please be aware there are still Covid Protocols in place for visitors. Requirements for visiting the exhibition gallery can be found on our Exhibitions page. 


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