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Teaching at Beinecke

Please note:  During the renovation, the Beinecke will operate a temporary reading room and a classroom in Sterling Memorial Library's Periodical Reading Room and International Room, respectively. Due to the reduction in classroom space, the library will accommodate fewer class sessions during the 2015-2016 academic year. Classes will be scheduled through our online reservation form on a first come, first-served basis. We ask that faculty and teaching fellows make their classroom reservations and select materials at least two weeks in advance of the desired session.

Unfortunately, the Beinecke will be unable to accommodate semester-long courses during the closure. Some collections may be unavailable for paging while construction is under way. We ask for your patience and understanding as we make way for what will be a vastly expanded and improved teaching environment when the Beinecke reopens for the 2016 fall semester.

Please click here to place an online request for a room

Room Capacity

SML Rm 177 (International Room)49
Room 1512
Room 2812
Room 3820
Room 3920
Room 38 & 3970 (lecture style seating)

In-Room Technology

All seminar rooms are equipped with: podium, Windows-equipped and networked computer (with built-in DVD player), VCR, projector, and audio equipment (tape and CD). However, please specify in advance which equipment will be needed so rooms can be set up properly for your use.

The following equipment has limited availability: one slide projector; two microphones (rooms 38 and 39 only); and one document camera/overhead projector (recommended for rooms 38 and 39 only). These may be requested for use, on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended that instructors wishing to use equipment arrive at least 15 minutes prior to classes to be instructed on equipment operation.


Classes may be relocated to other seminar rooms within the Beinecke Library in the event that a classroom is needed for a special function.

Students attending a class in a Beinecke seminar room are to follow standard reading room rules* – leaving coats and bags at the upstairs guard desk and bringing only paper and pencil into seminar rooms.

Items from Beinecke collections are to be handled only by the faculty member or library staff. Materials should not be passed around to students during class time. Students are welcome to use materials individually in the Reading Room.

Please review the Guidelines for using seminar rooms with your students in preparation for your visit.


Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street | New Haven, CT 06511
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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