Privileges Policy

YALE LAW LIBRARY PRIVILEGES POLICIES:  

  • The Yale Law Library is dedicated to making its legal and nonlegal resources available to members of the Yale community and other scholarly researchers. 
  • Access to the Yale Law Library is a privilege granted entirely at the discretion of the Law Library, and can be revoked at any time at the Law Library’s discretion.
  • The purpose of library access by non-Yale affiliates is for research using the Law Library’s materials.  Other uses, such as consultation with clients or other commercial activities, as well as any activities that are criminal, dangerous, or disruptive to other patrons, or violative of library rules or standards of conduct, are forbidden and may result in immediate termination of library privileges.  A pass does not grant access to carrels or assigned seating, nor to Lexis or Westlaw or other restricted databases, nor to the use of library offices, telephones, or staff equipment, nor to excessive taking up of staff time.
  • Access will not be granted to “pro se” patrons.
  • Passes may be renewed upon expiration at the discretion of the Law Library.

Approved by Blair Kauffman, Law Librarian.  These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.             May 9, 2011   

CATEGORY

ID REQUIRED

PERIOD OF PASS

Yale University ID holders

Yale University ID

Pass not necessary except for reading/exam period restrictions

Yale University alumni

Listing in Yale Law School or Yale University alumni directory or old Yale Law School face book or other proof approved by supervisor & picture ID

Duration of project

Not to exceed 3 weeks

Students & faculty from SHARES institutions or accredited U.S. law schools

Current picture ID from home institution, or other proof of institutional affiliation

Duration of project

Not to exceed 1 week

Student & faculty from  other U.S. or foreign institutions

Current picture ID from home institution, or other proof of institutional affiliation, and also letter or e-mail from librarian or official of home institution explaining research need

Duration of project

Not to exceed 1 month

Others conducting scholarly research (not pro se patrons)

Picture ID & approval by  Associate Librarian for Collections & Access or Law Librarian or other designated librarian, preferably prearranged

Duration of project

Not to exceed 1 month

Attorneys

Listing on www.jud.ct.gov or other proof of attorney status & picture ID

Duration of project

Not to exceed 3 months

Judges, court & government agency employees

Current court or agency ID & picture ID

Duration of project

Not to exceed 3 months

Paralegals

Current letter from law firm & picture ID

Duration of project

Not to exceed 1 week

Journalists

Permission from Office of Public Affairs is required

1 day pass or longer if period is authorized by Public Affairs

People needing to use U.S. government documents

Picture ID establishing identity

1 day pass

Guests of Yale Law School faculty, students & staff using Law Library for extended period

Picture ID & approval by Law Librarian or Associate Librarian for Collections & Access or Yale Law School Associate Dean

Duration of project

Not to exceed 3 months

Visitors for brief time

Sign-in at Reading Room book monitors’ desk (tours may be signed in as a group)

Pass not necessary for brief visit