Special Exhibitions

Visitors are welcome throughout the year to the Beinecke Library’s ground floor and mezzanine public exhibition areas, to see the building, permanent exhibitions, and varied special exhibitions throughout the year. Admission is always free.

There are typically three sets of special exhibitions a year, on view generally from mid-January to late April, early May to mid-August, and early September to mid-December. 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.

The special exhibitions can be enjoyed on a self-guided basis.Please check the Hours and Accessibility page on this website for detailed information on daily hours and for schedule holiday closures.

  • Fritz Eichenberg Exhibit at Yale

    The émigré woodcut artist Fritz Eichenberg is the subject of the exhibition on view at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript library from 28 January until 16...
  • Along His Way: James Weldon Johnson

    Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of liberty. The well-known anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing , which opens with...
  • Thornton Wilder: A Centenary Exhibition

    There is hardly an American schoolchild who has not heard of Thornton Wilder, or at least of Our Town or his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey . Wilder’s...
  • Renaissance Readers

    Five-hundred-year-old school books with student marginalia, 16th-century doctors’ manuals with notes about their own cases, and books from the Age of...
  • Spenseriana: From Illustrated to Spurious Spenser

    Jennifer Klein Morrison, Guest Curator In 1596, Edmund Spenser published the last three books of his great heroic poem, The Faerie Queene , which he dedicated...