Yale University Library

 

Borrowing & Circulation - Spouses & Domestic Partners

Contact us at:
(203) 432-1775
(203) 432-9486 fax
smlcirc@yale.edu
SML ground floor

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

About Spouses and Domestic Partners

Yale University recognizes marriages (opposite- and same-sex) as well as civil unions or legal partnerships created by states, regardless of name ("spouse"). If you are the spouse of a Yale faculty or staff member, or student, you are eligible for a Yale ID and free library access and borrowing.

If you are not considered a spouse by the university, but are the long-term partner of a Yale faculty or staff member or student, the library offers a separate option for access and borrowing ("domestic partner"). This borrowing status is unrelated to the university's or state's definition of your relationship.

Spouses: What am I eligible for?

Spouses of Yale faculty, students and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at the library at no charge. These privileges include:

Spouses:  How do I register?

The spouse must bring required documentation and identification to the Yale University ID Center to get a Yale University ID Card.  Once you have your Yale ID Card, you will need to visit the Privileges Office to arrange for borrowing privileges and establish your library account.  Borrowing privileges expire on June 30th each year and are renewable for the duration of spouses' appointment at Yale University.

Domestic partner: What am I eligible for?

Yale faculty, student and staff may sponsor his/her long-term domestic partner for privileges at the Yale University Library (YUL) during the time s/he is eligible for borrowing privileges as a member of the Yale community.  Partners who are able to attain a Yale ID card (see ID Center policy) receive borrowing privileges at no cost.  Otherwise, privileges are good for a semester at a time and require re-registration upon renewal.  These include:

Rates & Details:

Pass Options:

Rates:

Maximum Number of Borrowed Items:

Stacks Pass

Free

N/A, request 20 items

Affiliate Borrower

$50 per semester, renewable

50

Domestic Partner:  How do I register?

Domestic partners who wish to use the Yale University Library collections must register in person with their partner at the Privileges Office located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  The sponsor and partner both complete and sign the registration form.  To register, you will need to provide two forms of ID - one from each column.   

Government Issued ID

Documentation to confirm address shared with sponsor

  • Driver’s license (from U.S. or Canada)
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • Alien registration card with photo (INS form I-151 or I-551).
  • Valid apartment lease with both names
  • Bank account statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Credit card bill (dated within 30 days)
  • Utility bill (dated within 30 days)

Domestic Partner: Explanation of Pass Options

Stacks Pass:

Affiliate Borrower:

*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.