Using the Collections

As both a public museum and a university research institute, the Center aims to promote the awareness, study, and enjoyment of its collection of British art. Using the Collections is intended to help scholars, students, and the general public learn more about using the Center’s physical and digital collections.

Please note that the Center is temporarily closed through spring 2016. During this time, the Reference Library ( and Study Room ( will be available by appointment on a limited basis, contingent on the construction schedule. Appointments may be made by e-mail (with at least two weeks’ notice for the Study Room). Patrons should be aware that certain works may not be accessible throughout the project, and conditions may not always be ideal for study.

For additional information about the closure, see the building conservation project page.

John Hamilton Mortimer, Portrait of a Man and a Boy Looking at Prints, between 1765 and 1770, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection