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


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 students, faculty, and staff who have been approved for return to campus.  A reservation is required 48 hours in advance.

Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

We are delighted to announce the resumption of our residential Summer Fellowship program for Yale Graduate Students preparing for or at work on a dissertation on a topic relevant to the LWL holdings. Applications to spend two, four, or eight weeks during summer 2021 between now and August 31 are still being accepted. Summer Fellowship details



December 15, 2020
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December 14, 2020
Visitors to the Library may recall a magnificent sugar maple that stood in front of the historic barn as one drove onto the property, providing much-appreciated shade to the...
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December 14, 2020
Since its founding in the early 1990s, the Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship program has developed a reputation as one of the most desirable, short-term research residencies...