Study Room

 Visitors in the Study Room, second floor, Yale Center for British Art, photograph © Elizabeth Felicella / ESTO

The Study Room provides access to works in the Center’s Prints & Drawings and Rare Books & Manuscripts collections and is open to the public, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am–4:30 pm. Appointments are not required but are recommended for patrons traveling from outside the area. The space is also used for teaching with the collections, and staff members are available for advice on planning classes.

*The Study Room 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.

Departments 

The Department of Prints and Drawings is responsible for more than 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 40,000 prints. The collection offers a comprehensive view of the development of British graphic art from the Tudor age to the twenty-first century. While there is a particular emphasis on the British watercolor school of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the collection is wide-ranging. Areas of specialized interest include topographical prints, caricatures, mezzotint portraits, sporting prints, architectural drawings, Shakespearean subjects, and works relating to the former British Empire.

The Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts holds approximately 35,000 volumes. The collection represents a broad range of material relating to the visual arts and cultural life in the United Kingdom and the former British Empire, dating from the fifteenth century to the present. Particular strengths include illustrated “color-plate” books from the renowned J. R. Abbey collection, drawing manuals, sporting books and manuscripts, early maps and atlases, early printed books by William Caxton and his contemporaries, private press, and contemporary artists’ books, as well as archival and manuscript material relating to British artists, writers, and travelers of all periods.

Study Room Guidelines

To help ensure that your visit to the Study Room is enjoyable, productive, and safe for the collections, please observe the following guidelines for individuals and groups.

Preregister to Use the Study Room

For efficient use of the Center’s resources, preregister online before your visit to use the collections at Yale.

Contact

For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact:

Study Room
ycba.studyroom@yale.edu
+1 203 432 2840

Department of Prints and Drawings
ycba.prints@yale.edu

Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts
ycba.rarebooks@yale.edu
+1 203 432 2815

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Additional Resources for Rare Books and Manuscripts

Orbis (Yale University Library Catalog)                               
Archives at Yale