Yale University Library


Borrowing & Circulation - Alumni

Contact us at:
(203) 432-1775
(203) 432-9486 fax
SML ground floor

Privileges Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30AM-12:45PM and 2PM-4:45PM
Saturday: 10AM-2PM
Sunday: CLOSED
Detailed hours/exceptions

What am I eligible for?

Alumni of Yale University may apply for any three levels of library privileges as described below.  Upon request, recent graduates will receive borrowing privileges for free in the 3 months immediately following graduation, click here for more information.

Rates and Details:

Pass Options:


Maximum Number of Borrowed Items:

Stacks Pass


N/A, request 20 items

Alumni Standard Borrowing

$45 per 3 month

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Alumni Premium Borrowing

$60 per 3 month

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How do I register?

Alumni who wish to use the Yale University Library collections must register in person at the Privileges Office located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  To register, you will need to provide a current government issued ID.  The following documents are acceptable forms of identification for registration:       

Explanation of Pass Options

Stacks Pass:

Alumni Standard Borrowing:

Alumni Premium Borrowing -- same as standard except for the following:

 *Use “Place Requests” to retrieve materials and have them delivered to the circulation desk of the selected Yale University Library.  Allow two business days for delivery of items between libraries. 

Additional Information:

Access to Electronic Resources (Databases, online journals, etc.)

Access to electronic resources is contractually limited to currently employed faculty and staff and currently enrolled students of Yale University and its immediately affiliated institutions, and therefore does not allow remote access to Non-Yale users.  At least one research station with access to Yale Library's subscription database and electronic resources is available for use at each library. 

Yale alumni can also register for free access to the online database JSTOR.  Please click here to register: http://www.aya.yale.edu/content/jstor-access