The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library's robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.
Explore our Collection Highlights
The library's iconic building is closed for renovation until September 2016. To access collection material, plan a visit to our temporary reading room in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library.
For details, visit our renovation website.
Yale Library's Catalog
Yale Finding Aid Database
Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Yale Papyrus Collection
New & Noteworthy
The exhibition gallery is closed while the library's building is under renovation.
Temporary Reading Room Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 am to 4:45 pm
The temporary reading room is located in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, across Wall Street from the Beinecke.