Gift from Arcadia Will Boost Global Access to Rare Yale Library Materials

Yale University Library has received a $5 million dollar gift from Arcadia, a United Kingdom-based grant-making fund established in 2001, to make the library’s important collections of international materials more available through cataloguing and digitization.

Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska said “This important gift will allow us to make our rare non-English-language materials better known and available through cataloguing, description, and digitization. It will also allow us to continue other important work building and disseminating access to international collections. We are proud of our achievements in supporting the growth of knowledge on international affairs, and deeply grateful for the support and recognition that Arcadia has given us.”

The Yale Library supports teaching and learning in all academic disciplines, with a strong emphasis on area studies including Africa; East Asia; Judaica; Latin America; the Near East; Russia and Eastern Europe; and South and Southeast Asia. It actively collects material from around the world and has one of the largest collections of unique non-English-language materials available anywhere. The Library also supports the work of a number of projects documenting human rights tragedies, most notably the Fortunoff Video Archives for Holocaust Testimonies and the Cambodian genocide collection.

About Arcadia
Arcadia is a charitable foundation established in 2001. Since its inception, Arcadia has committed more than $181 million in funding to works that protect endangered treasures of culture and nature. These include international projects to digitize endangered languages, archives and artifacts, as well as the protection of ecosystems and environments threatened with extinction. Arcadia seeks to ensure that the scholarly resources created are widely available, both to researchers and more generally. For more information, visit

About Yale University Library
One of the world’s leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately 13 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections and employs a dynamic staff of nearly 600 who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit

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