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Study Room

The Study Room provides access to works in the YCBA’s Prints and Drawings, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Archives collections. The Study Room is also used for teaching with these collections, and staff members are available for advice on planning classes. 


Please email ycba.studyroom@yale.edu to schedule a visit. 


Please note that active construction is underway in the museum. Visitors to the Study Room should anticipate the possibility of noise or other distractions.


Hours and appointments

Reservations can be made in one-hour segments from Tuesday to Friday, 10 am–12 pm, and 1–4 pm.

Group visits must be made two weeks in advance and are limited to 25 participants. Organizers must submit a final object list and a full list of participants’ names no later than two weeks prior to their anticipated visit. 

Individual researchers must confirm their appointments a minimum of two business days in advance of their desired date. 

Study Room access is contingent upon the construction schedule. Access may be restricted with little to no advance notice. 

Schedule your visit

Requesting materials

To access collection materials in the Study Room, all visitors must request materials at least two business days in advance by using the YCBA’s online catalogue, Orbis, or Archives at Yale. Non-Yale visitors will be prompted to create an account using our online system, Aeon.

Visitors must also confirm their seat reservation at least two business days in advance by emailing ycba.studyroom@yale.edu. A follow-up email will be sent when an appointment is confirmed.

Due to limited capacity in the Study Room, there may be a waiting period for appointments. We encourage you to reserve a seat as early as possible. Study Room staff cannot provide drop-in or same-day access. Please note that some materials may be unavailable or take longer than two business days for retrieval.

View visitor guidelines

Request a class visit

The YCBA welcomes faculty and students for object-based classes in the Study Room. Faculty are encouraged to contact Study Room staff as soon as possible with class requests. Study Room visits require two weeks’ notice for groups.

Request a class visit

Explore the YCBA's Collections

Over 100,000 records from the Paintings and Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Reference Library, and Archives collections are searchable online, along with nearly all of the museum's historic frames.

Begin your search

Philippe Mercier, The Sense of Sight (detail), 1744 to 1747

For further information, please contact the Study Room at ycba.studyroom@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2841.