Center Hours - Starting Sept. 25, 2017
Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Hours will vary during the summer and break periods.
Located on the upper floor of 135 Prospect Street (Founders Hall), the McDougal Common Room & Lounge is the Graduate School students’ own space for hanging out, studying or socializing. Whether you come for relaxation or work, the Common Room - with its own comfortable couches, many tables and chairs, and WIFI and outlets - is the perfect place to connect with other Yale’s graduate students, especially outside your program. It’s a “third place,” not work or home, useful for building your own community. Check out these other Resources available to you at the McDougal Center.
The new interim location of the McDougal Center on the upper floor at 135 Prospect Street (Founders Hall) offers renovated space with the following features:
McDougal Common Room Use Rules
The HGS Common Room - former home of the McDougal Center
The former McDougal Common Room at HGS, now called the HGS Common Room, will be open daytimes from September 2017-May 2018. It is overseen by the Operations staff at HGS and Yale Hospitality, who determine its operating hours. In Summer 2018, the entire HGS Building will close for full renovation to turn it into a Humanities Hub at Yale. We understand that the McDougal Center’s restored Common Room ceiling, wood panellng and other architecture will be preserved by the future users.
As part of the 1997 renovations to create the first McDougal Graduate Student Center, the Common Room at HGS was restored and its painted ceiling painstakingly cleaned. Enjoy the carved wood paneling, painted plaster ceiling, elaborate carved stonework, and etched glass windows, all depicting knowledge and discovery. Read about the history and architecture of HGS and the Common Room, the former home of the Yale Graduate School and McDougal Center. Browse the HGS window photo gallery and the HGS creature Compendium gallery online.