The institution, the building, and the people of the Beinecke


In 1963, "among Yale librarians, Gordon Bunshaft’s avant-garde design was about as popular as loud noises and gum-chewing patrons. They decried it as a 'white elephant' and a 'floating folly.' …On its golden anniversary, the Beinecke is now a Yale icon."... More >
50th Anniversary | April 7, 2013
History Peter Ackroyd described his first reaction to the building “shone with the light of interior knowledge," and called the Beinecke staff among the most knowledgeable, friendliest, and most amusing.... More >
50th Anniversary | March 15, 2013
Voting closes today! Visit the Beinecke Library on Facebook and "like" your item of choice for the commemorative book published this fall. ... More >
50th Anniversary | February 8, 2013
"Since opening 50 years ago, the Beinecke has been studied and reviled and admired," Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture. — New Haven Register... More >
50th Anniversary | January 24, 2013


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
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Tel: (203) 432-2977    Fax: (203) 432-4047

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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.

Holiday Schedule and Closed Collections Schedule