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.

  • Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass at 150

    Celebrating the first publication of Leaves of Grass in 1855, the exhibition includes copies of the rare 1855 edition of this ground breaking work, as well as...
  • A Book of Her Own

    Books tell us many things beyond what their authors write in them. Single copies of books, for instance, often reveal their particular history­-who owned them...
  • Friedrich Schiller

    To mark the 200th anniversary of Schiller’s death, the library presented an exhibition that included first editions of Schiller’s works, musical...
  • Don Quixote in Beinecke Library

    This exhibition showed the profound impact that this truly novel novel had on world literature, drama, and the public imagination. On display were first...
  • John Locke

    This exhibition addresses the history and the posthumous legacy of each of Locke’s major works, in Europe, the Americas, and around the world over the...
  • To these Shores

    A survey of the Yale Collection of German Literature, focusing on how it was formed and grew over the last century. Collectors, booksellers, scholars, and...