Libraries

Because of COVID-19, these activities and venues may not be open or operating normally. We recommend contacting them ahead of time to confirm availability.

Ceiling of Sterling Memorial Library

At Yale

Yale's collection of nearly 15 million print and electronic volumes is housed in 15 libraries across campus, as well as many other school and departmental libraries. Their astonishing collections range from ancient papyri and early printed books to digital collections and electronic databases; and they transcend a wide array of formats including text, photographs, video, audio, data, maps, and ephemera.


In New Haven

New Haven Free Public Library System

All New Haven residents may sign up for a free library card for borrowing privileges (including digital collections and other items). Residents living outside of New Haven may sign up for their local library card and get a New Haven library card as well. There are many free programs and events, as well as an “Innovative Collaborative” space (Ives Squared) for members. There are 5 branches in New Haven, with the main branch (Ives) at 133 Elm Street - on the north side of the New Haven Green.

The Institute Library

Connecticut’s oldest independent circulating library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. This library requires a $25/month membership for borrowing privileges, but it does offer many events throughout the year. OISS staff members Molly Hampton and Alina Nevins both have memberships, so feel free to reach out to them if you'd like to schedule a tour for OISS.