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The Lewis Walpole Library reading room will be closed to users at least through January 4.

In response to public health conditions, Yale Library will close all library buildings and spaces to library users at the end of day Tuesday, November 24. If health and safety guidelines permit, libraries will reopen to users who are authorized to be on campus January 5, 2021.

While library buildings are closed, staff will continue to work remotely and on-site to support Yale teaching and research. 

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

We regret we are unable to accommodate 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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