Welcome to Yale University Library
Information for International Researchers and Visitors
About Yale University Library
The Yale University Library is one of the largest research libraries in the United States. Its libraries and collections are housed in about 20 buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Library. The library holds over 12 million volumes, as well as information in all media, from ancient papyri to electronic databases. The library is well known for its special collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps, photographs, sound and video recordings, music scores, art works, and other unique research materials. The library also has a rich and growing set of digital collections.
Search Yale Library Catalogs
Researchers around the world can find out what Yale University Library has by searching the online catalogs. The primary online catalog for the library is Orbis, which contains records for books, journals, and many other materials in our collections. The Yale Law Library has a separate online catalog, called MORRIS. Special catalogs are available for materials not cataloged in Orbis or MORRIS.
Visit the Library and Use the Collections
Visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers invited to Yale usually enjoy standard library privileges. Sponsoring departments can arrange library orientation sessions and library staff will be glad to assist with any research needs.
If you are interested in using our collections, please consult our policies on access and borrowing privileges. Additionally, it is advisable to contact the specific library or collection you wish to use to inquire about the rules for that library. For more information about holdings in a subject area, contact a subject specialist.
Visitors to Yale are invited to visit the Sterling Memorial Library and other libraries and collections during open hours. The Yale University Visitor Center can provide more information on visiting the Yale campus.