Library Resources

​Primary Source and Research Collections Consultations

As a response to the limited access to physical materials caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this service will provide immediate assistance for Yale graduate students and faculty to learn more about primary sources in all formats available at Yale and elsewhere that could support their research interests. The Yale Library will implement a new version of its consultation services that pairs an archivist or curator with the subject expert librarian for the researcher’s area of study. After providing a brief description of their research interest, the student or faculty member will be invited to have a consultation by Zoom or phone with two Yale Library information professionals with expertise related to the research project.  The Yale Library staff members will follow up with additional resource suggestions after the initial consultation and will remain available for follow up questions. 

Request a consultation through this form: https://bit.ly/primary-source-consultation

Research and Teaching Support

The library offers a broad range of workshops on research-related topics. You can find dates and descriptions for workshops here.

Librarians are available to conduct virtual research consultations by phone or Zoom; help identify online resources to support teaching, learning, or research; and provide virtual library instruction. Teaching Fellows should contact their department liaison librarians for assistance, and they may also request digital humanities services from the Digital Humanities Lab, access GIS services by emailing gishelp@yale.edu, or sign up for a StatLab drop-in consultation via Zoom. If you have questions about teaching and research with special collections, you can contact the relevant repository for further assistance.

A full list of medical, nursing, and public health faculty liaison librarians is here. Law school affiliates should consult the Continuity of Library Services memo from Lillian Goldman Law Library for contacts and advice.

Librarians have created and are actively maintaining many research guides that are always available for consultation. These guides include quick links to important resources in various fields, suggestions for research strategies, contact information for subject specialists, and more.

FAQs

The Ask Yale Library page is always available with answers to many general library questions. The library has expanded the live chat component of this service from 45 to 91 hours per week and added a pop-up chat box to the library website’s home page. New questions can also be sent to askyalelibrary@yale.edu.

For information on the status of library services and policies, including borrowing, course reserves, and digitization, please see the library’s COVID-19 page, which contains up-to-date news on these topics and others.