Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven

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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library () is the rare book library and literary archive of the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on Yale University's Hewitt Quadrangle, the building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1963. Established by a gift of the Beinecke family and given its own endowment, the library is financially independent from the university and is co-governed by the University Library and Yale Corporation. It is one of the largest buildings in the world entirely dedicated to rare books and manuscripts.
The library's iconic building reopened in September 2016 after an 18-month closure for major renovations, which included replacing the building's HVAC system and expanding teaching and exhibition capabilities.
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  • Unless things have changed, this library is free to visit. In the height of summer, there is (was) a steady stream of groups—outside these times - a magical place especially when the light coming in.....  more »
  • This was a highlight of our time in new haven. Absolutely worth a trek across campus to find. The building is truly a marvel. The translucent marble is a special thing to see. My favorite exhibit was....  more »
  • When I first saw the Beinecke, I thought it looked unfortunately modern and out of place surrounded by the breathtaking traditional architecture of Yale. Then, I went inside... The walls are made of thin stone which allows light to penetrate into the interior on sunny days which gives a visitor the impression of standing in a stained glass cube--it's aesthetically stunning; uniquely beautiful.
  • We walked in to this building as part of a tour of Yale University and gasped as we took in the beautiful architecture and amazing collection of books. I loved seeing the marble windows lining the walls.

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