We are pleased to introduce the inaugural edition of Beinecke Illuminated, the newsletter of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Appropriately enough, we have chosen a busy time to launch a newsletter. The library’s building will close after Yale commencement next May to undergo a major renovation. This first issue details our staff’s painstaking efforts to prepare for the building closure and explains how the renovation will enhance the library’s ability to promote teaching and learning.
The issue also features some exciting recent acquisitions and scholarship from the collections. In addition, a former visiting fellow describes his experiences in the reading room sifting through the Beinecke’s Robert Louis Stevenson archives; British novelist Jim Crace, a 2014 Windham-Campbell Prize recipient, describes the thrill of learning that he had won this international literary award; and much more.