The following document must be read by all visitors to the Map Department as part of the registration process: Map Department Security Policy. Reading this document online before visiting will save time in the registration process.
The Map Collection is a non-circulating, closed stack facility. Paging is done during business hours. Researchers are encouraged to contact Map Collection Staff to arrange an appointment and allow materials to be prepared for use, in advance.
Yale University Library Map Collection Rare Print Map Viewing Policy
Patrons who want to view rare maps from the Yale University Map Collection must adhere to the following policy. Rare maps are defined as maps located in the Strong room or Curator's office and have an asterisk (*) prefix leading the call number. Due to the rarity and value of these maps, patrons must fill out the Yale University Map Collection Rare Print Map Viewing Request Form (PDF) for each item they wish to examine.
Patrons may only view one rare map at a time and must fill out one request form per rare map. Patrons may only view rare maps in the Map Collection Reading Room. Coats and bags are not allowed in the Map Collection Reading Room. A magnifying glass will be provided for viewing rare maps by the Map Collection staff if needed.
Patrons are allowed to bring cameras into the Reading Room and take
photographs of rare maps under the supervision of the Map Collection staff.
However, patrons should get permission
to publish any images taken of the rare maps from the Map
Curator. Requests can be made for high quality scans or print reproductions
of rare maps by filling out the
All Yale University students and faculty, and other researchers whose work requires use of its collections are welcome to study at the Map Collection. Access to rare and historically significant materials is subject to certain restrictions.
Library privileges may also be granted to researchers not affiliated with Yale. All non-Yale researchers who wish to use the Yale collections must register in person at the Privileges Office (located in Sterling Memorial Library) Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:45p.m. Library privileges are personal and may not be transferred to others.
The reading room is reserved for the use of the library's collections by authorized researchers. All library materials must be handled with great care to ensure their safety and preservation.
Researchers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. The Map Collection is equipped with a wireless access point that provides Yale affiliates with access to the university's computer network. The Map Collection also provides a computer station in the reading room, intended primarily for accessing Yale University Library's on-line catalog Orbis.
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