Members of the Yale University community will occasionally need to bring their children with them to the library. The library's paging and Eli Express services may serve as a convenience for parents or caregivers, particularly those with young children, as they provide for placing requests through Orbis in advance so that materials will be waiting for pickup at a selected circulation desk.
Please be aware of the following when bringing young people to the library:
In areas where Yale University-issued identification is not required:
- An adult must accompany children under the age of 14 at all times.
- Teenagers aged 14-17 who are not Yale students may meet adult members of the Yale community for educational purposes (e.g. tutoring) unaccompanied by another adult. The teen should be prepared to show a high school ID or an explanatory letter from a sponsoring organization (e.g. Dwight Hall).
In areas where Yale University-issued identification is required for entry to public spaces (e.g. the SML stacks):
- Children and young adults may enter when accompanying an adult with valid ID.
- Parents and caregivers are asked to be with the young people at all times.
- As with adults, any bags, backpacks, books, etc. carried by young people must be presented for inspection when leaving the library.
- High school students and younger are not eligible to obtain library services unless affiliated with a program recognized by Yale University according to the Library Privileges guidelines.
- School and Department libraries or special collections (e.g. Manuscripts and Archives) may have their own policies concerning access by young people. Please inquire at individual libraries and departments for details.