Yale University Library Catalogs

Orbis Morris
CRL Special Catalogs


The collections of the Yale University Library are represented in multiple online catalogs and card catalogs. Together, Orbis, Morris (the Law Library catalog) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) catalog constitute the Yale University Library online catalog.

Orbis

Yale's primary online public access catalog (OPAC):
Orbis on the Web
Standard Orbis (text with diacritics)
Orbis Telnet (plain text)
Orbis Help Guide

Morris

Online catalog of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale. The extensive Law collection is not represented in Orbis.

CRL

Online catalog of the Center for Research Libraries. CRL membership significantly expands Yale's research collections.

Special Catalogs

Pre-1977 materials which do not appear in Orbis and catalogs for library materials not accessible through Orbis.

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The collections of the Yale University Library are represented in multiple online catalogs and card catalogs. Together, Orbis, Morris (the Law Library catalog) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) catalog constitute the Yale University Library online catalog.

Please scroll down for detailed explanations of these catalogs.

Connect to Orbis (On the Web)

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Operating Hours: Orbis is available 17 - 23 hours daily as detailed below.

Sunday:

Orbis begins at 7:00 a.m.;

ends 4:00 a.m. Monday

(21 hours)

Monday:

Orbis begins at 5:00 a.m.;

ends 4:00 a.m. Tuesday

(23 hours)

Tuesday:

Orbis begins at 5:00 a.m.;

ends 4:00 a.m. Wednesday

(23 hours)

Wednesday:

Orbis begins at 5:00 a.m.;

ends 4:00 a.m. Thursday

(23 hours)

Thursday:

Orbis begins at 5:00 a.m.;

ends 4:00 a.m. Friday

(23 hours)

Friday:

Orbis begins at 5:00 a.m.;

ends Midnight

(19 hours)

Saturday:

Orbis begins at 7:00 a.m.;

ends Midnight

(17 hours)

Connect to Standard Orbis (TN3270)
The standard text-based interface to Orbis requires a TN3270 telnet client and provides full support for diacritics and special characters.

Connect to Orbis on the Web

Orbis on the Web is a completely new and full-featured Web interface to the online public catalog, which provides efficient, reliable access to Orbis through standard Web browsers such as Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The intent of this new service is to combine the best of traditional Orbis with the convenience of a fully Web-based interface. Netscape or Internet Explorer versions 4.0 or higher are recommended. Please do NOT use the BACK and FORWARD buttons on the browser button bar while searching Orbis. Orbis on the Web is not suitable for use with Lynx (the text-based web browser). Readers who prefer traditional plain text may continue to use the excellent character-based interface provided by Standard Orbis (TN3270 or Telnet), which will remain available and unchanged.

Key Features of Orbis on the Web:

Connect to Orbis Telnet
Text-based Orbis, which requires a telnet client. Terminal Type is VT100 to log in.

Orbis Comments and Corrections
Please submit comments about or corrections to Orbis via the Library's online Suggestion Box.

Connect to Morris

Morris is the online catalog of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale. These records are, for the most part, not duplicated in Orbis. Connect to the Telnet version of Morris (enter "library" at the login prompt).

Connect to CRL

The CRL Catalog is the online catalog of the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Its primary purpose is to collect those research materials not targeted by the North American research institutions. The Center collects heavily in the follow materials: archival materials, newspapers and periodicals (foreign & domestic, specialized), foreign doctoral dissertations, U.S. state documents, USSR Academic publications. The Center collects broadly in the following geographic regions: Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. In addition, the Center collects any category of material, from any geographic locale, which is deemed important to scholarly research, but has not been acquired by other institutions. All resources in the CRL Catalog are available to Yale University faculty, staff, and students through Interlibrary Loan.   Connect to CRL (telnet).

Special Catalogs

The Sterling Memorial Library Card Catalog
Check the Sterling Memorial Library Card Catalog for pre-1977 materials that do not appear in Orbis. The union card catalog in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library contains 11,986 drawers, representing over 100 years of cataloging records for the fourth largest library in the United States. It contains cards for material in most, but not all, formats held by most, but not all, libraries in the Yale University Library system represented on a combination of handwritten, half-height cards; typewritten cards; and computer-produced cards. The current catalog represents the final evolutionary state of a living document that has changed over time as the content of catalog records, their format, and their arrangement have evolved under many codes of cataloging rules.

List of Other Catalogs at Yale
Catalogs for library materials not accessible, or not easily accessible, through Orbis or the SML Card Catalog. Although the card catalog in Sterling Memorial Library is commonly thought of as the Yale Library's "union catalog", it does not contain, in fact, records for all materials in all formats. Over the long history of the Yale Library, many special catalogs have been created to describe those collections not otherwise represented in the "union catalog" or, in more recent years, in the online catalog Orbis. These special catalogs have been created in a variety of ways: as handwritten indexes, in traditional card format, as published book catalogs, and more recently, as database files. For manuscript and archival collections, finding aids have been created to provide access to this type of material. Other special catalogs have been created to provide access to specific kinds of information about the collections: e.g. tracings for bindings, provenance information, imprint files, etc.

 

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