Information for Researchers

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, and seating is limited to three researchers at a time. A valid Yale ID with activated swipe access is required to conduct onsite research.  

Please email with any questions and monitor the Yale University Library’s COVID-19 page for updates.

Request items in advance of your visit through the Yale Library Catalog or Archives@Yale. We encourage all researchers to consult digital surrogates of Lewis Walpole Library collection materials when possible and limit onsite visits to research that requires consultation of the physical item. 
We regret we are unable to accommodate non-Yale researchers during this period. 
Library staff continue to provide research consultations, workshops, library instruction, and access to electronic resources online. 
Although at this time we may not accommodate on-site research for non-Yale scholars, our first priority remains to fulfill requests that support Yale teaching and research, and the LWL staff continue to support all research remotely. We can continue to offer research support services through staff access to the full extent of the library’s collections and reference resources.
  • provide reference services and research consultations
  • deliver a variety of digital images of collection materials suitable for various purposes (e.g. for study use only, for publication, and for classroom use, etc.)
  • facilitate access and discovery through cataloging and collection processing

Librarian Susan Walker and Curator Cynthia Roman are available for remote consultation via Zoom or email.