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 Lewis Walpole Library reading room is again able to welcome Yale researchers authorized to be on campus. A reservation is required 48 hours in advance

Winter and Spring Lewis Walpole Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
Please see additional important information for researchers.

In addition, the library is continuing to develop and offer scholarly programs accessible remotely. Watch the library website and social media for program announcements.

Please email walpole@yale.edu to let us know how we can best meet your needs, and monitor the Yale University Library’s COVID-19 page.


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