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Yale students, faculty, and staff who have been approved for return to campus. A valid Yale ID with activated swipe access is required to conduct onsite research.

Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and seating is limited to three researchers at a time.

Autumn 2021 Lewis Walpole Library hours: Monday and Tuesday 9:00-4:30, Wednesday 10-4:30, and Thursday and Friday 9:00-4:30 p.m.

Request items in advance of your visit through the Yale Library Catalog or Archives@Yale. We encourage all researchers to consult digital surrogates of Lewis Walpole Library collection materials when possible and limit onsite visits to research that requires consultation of the physical item.

Please email with any questions and monitor the Yale University Library's COVID-19 page for updates.

We regret we are unable to accommodate non-Yale researchers during this period.


The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of English writer, historian, collector, and antiquarian Horace Walpole. The library’s special collections touch on virtually all aspects of eighteenth-century British life and culture, ranging from art, literature, the theatre, society and fashion, to politics, diplomacy, economics, and the military, to travel and the Grand Tour. Its extensive collection of prints and drawings constitutes one of the most important resources worldwide for the study of British visual satire of the long eighteenth century.

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