Reference Library and Study Room to close to visitors on August 1

The next phase of the museum’s ongoing building conservation project will impact access to collections and spaces, beginning August 1, 2024.

visitors in the Reference Library

Visitors in the Reference Library, photo by Stephanie Anestis 

July 1, 2024

With the replacement of the museum's roof and skylights now complete, the installation of a more sustainable, energy-efficient lighting system throughout the Yale Center for British Art is actively underway. The extensive scope of this work requires significant closures throughout the building to ensure the safety of our collections, patrons, and staff.

The museum is unable to accept requests for new or additional collection photography. We look forward to accepting new requests in January 2025. 

Beginning Thursday, August 1, the Reference Library and Study Room will be closed to all visitors through the end of 2024. Scan & Deliver services for the Reference Library will not be available. 

Over the past year, the YCBA was pleased to offer programming and access to the Reference Library and Study Room throughout the building closure. Staff are grateful to those educators and and faculty who adjusted teaching schedules and syllabi to visit these spaces while gallery access was reduced, and look forward to supporting that continued engagement with library and collections of works on paper when the museum reopens in April 2025.