Reference Library and Archives

Reference Library and Archives

The Reference Library collections are open to researchers of all types; students, scholars, and the general public are welcome to browse the nearly forty thousand titles and over eighty current periodicals devoted to British art, artists, and culture from the fifteenth century to the present day. The collections include all of the essential reference works on British artists but also contain resources on British architecture, print and book culture, performing arts, costume, town and county histories, and travel books. The Reference Library maintains a growing and vital collection of art conservation and technical analysis materials and offers a station for viewing a rich collection of the Center’s past lectures and programs.

The Photograph Archive, located within the Reference Library, is a study collection of more than two hundred thousand photographic reproductions of works of British art from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. The archive represents both public and private collections worldwide with a particular focus on collections in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Center’s Institutional Archives is the official repository for all historical documentation of the Center, recording its development from its inception in the mid-1960s to the present.

The Reference Library’s holdings, not including the Photograph and Institutional Archives, can be searched online either independently or in conjunction with the Center’s art and rare books collections, as well as through Orbis, Yale Library’s online catalogue.

Research Resources

History of British Art Research Guide
Technical Art History and Conservation Research
British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles

Reference Library FAQs
Reading Room Policies and Procedures

Ask a YCBA Librarian

The Center’s Reference Library will provide brief responses to questions about artists and objects in the museum’s collections. Please be as specific as possible with your request.

Hours

Academic Year

The Reference Library and Archives is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, noon to 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required.

Summer and Winter Break

The Reference Library and Archives is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required.

*The Reference Library is closed on Mondays, Good Friday, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and the days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

Contact the Department: 

Reference Library and Archives 
Yale Center for British Art 
1080 Chapel Street 
P.O. Box 208280 
New Haven, CT 06520-8280

+1 203 432 2818
+1 203 432 7180 fax

Staff

Chief Librarian
+1 203 432 2846
Assistant Librarian
+1 203 432 2848
Senior Library Assistant
+1 203 432 7689
Senior Library Catalogue Assistant
+1 203 432 2818
Library Assistant
+1 203 432 2818