Plan a Visit


333 Cedar St, New Haven CT 06510 (inside the Medical Library in the Yale School of Medicine)

Office Hours

The Medical Historical Library is open 10am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm Monday-Friday, and by appointment after those hours.

Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are open to non-Yale researchers who have been fully vaccinated and boosted.  Please see the Guide to Using Special Collections at Yale University for information on gaining access.


Planning Your Visit

The Medical Historical Library is open to all Yale University students, faculty and staff along with researchers whose work requires the use of the collections. Registration is required to use the special collections.

All Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are now open to non-Yale researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Researchers must register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. These processes, including vaccine attestations, are expected to remain in place until the University changes its alert level to one that enables broader access to university spaces without vaccination.  When you arrive for your visit, you will need to present a valid, government-issued photo ID when you arrive to complete the registration process, which includes getting a photograph taken, to gain access to our reading room.

Please refer to our page on requesting materials for information on how to order materials prior to your visit.  If possible, place requests at least 2 days prior to coming to use materials at the Historical Library, to give staff the time to pull collections.  

Getting Here

The Medical Historical Library is located in the Medical Library, within the Yale School of Medicine. From the security desk, go right, and enter the Medical Library at the second entryway on the left.  From the Medical Library entrance, walk down the long hallway into the Rotunda.  Veer to the left, walk down the short hallway, and enter the Medical Historical Library.  The Historical Library office and secure reading room space will be the first door on the left.

Access for Researchers with Disabilities


All Medical Historical Library policies and procedures, such as presenting a photo ID, help to ensure the safety and preservation of the materials. The Reading Room is monitored by video camera as well as staff members. In addition to the use of notebooks and pencils or laptops, the Medical Historical Library permits readers to photograph materials, without use of flash or tripod.

For more information about using our special collections, please consult the Yale University Library Special Collections Guide.