Special Exhibitions

Public visitors are welcome in the Beinecke Library exhibition hall on Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm; Wednesday, 10am – 4:30pm; Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4pm.

The special exhibitions can be enjoyed on a self-guided basis. Please check the Hours and Accessibility page on this website for detailed information, including current health and safety guidelines.

There are typically two sets of special exhibitions a year, on view generally from mid-January to early July and mid-July to early January. These exhibitions showcase collections materials using the flat cases on the ground floor and the curved cases and vitrines on the mezzanine. Detailed information on each special exhibition’s topics, themes, and contents, as well as specific opening and closing dates, can be read in the individual listings below.

  • Blue: Color and Concept

    Libraries conventionally organize and classify collections according to author, title, and subjects as diverse as children’s literature, amateur photography,...
  • Devotion and Inspiration: Beinecke People

    Devotion and Inspiration: Beinecke People Founded in 1963, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is recognized worldwide for its exceptionally deep and...
  • The Power of Pictures

    Power of Pictures displays the depth and breadth of images in Beinecke’s collections, from woodcuts to photographs, diagrams to cartoons. It shows how pictures...
  • Permanent Markers: Aspects of the History of Printing

    How did printing help define the modern world? Techniques from eighth-century Japan to Gutenberg, lithography to xerox, printing on ceramic, silk, and metal...
  • The Stolen Texts of Molière

    This exhibition examines how seventeeth-century publishers pirated, plagiarized, and mis-appropriated Molière’s plays. Drawing on the Walter L...