Access Policies

The Law Library is open to all members of the Yale community, including alumni and alumnae, but please note that the law school building is locked to non-Law School affiliates after 9 pm (6 pm at weekends).

Everyone entering the library will be asked to show a valid Yale University identification card, a Law Library pass, or a green Yale University Library privileges card. We do not honor Yale University Library desk passes or stacks passes. The Library’s facilities are also available to faculty and students from member institutions of Research Libraries Group (RLG) and New England Law Libraries Consortium (NELLCO) upon presentation of a valid identification card from the home institution. Please apply for a pass at the Circulation Desk.

Anyone wishing to use the government documents collection may request access.

Special privileges passes may be applied for at the circulation desk by members of the Bar and scholars needing access to the library’s unique collections.

Yale Law students should obtain a current Law School validation sticker from the Registrar’s office. Follow this link to see our complete privileges policies.