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Lectures, concerts, and scholarly opportunities

Teaching at Beinecke

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Welcome! We are happy to host your class at the Beinecke – whether a one-time visit or a semester-long course – we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in student learning. Engagement with primary source material inspires original scholarship, enhances critical thinking skills, and provides a unique opportunity to deepen students’ knowledge and appreciation of a subject.

We have four classrooms which can host 15-20 students per session. Two of those rooms can combine to hold up to 35 students. Two seminar rooms that hold 8-10 students are also available. Classrooms and seminar rooms contain wireless display capabilities, and classrooms have a chalkboard and lectern. Please look here to see which room will best suit your needs. Please ask the Access Services staff if you require technology or equipment that is not listed here.

We reserve classrooms on a first-come, first-served basis and popular class times fill quickly so please request your classroom space early and at minimum two weeks before the desired session. Once you have requested your session through our online form you will receive a confirmation email and instructions on how to request materials. There is a limit of 15 items per session, and requests must be finalized one week before the session to allow time for processing and preparation. We also offer a consultation with one of our staff to help ensure we partner with you most effectively.

If your course requires the use of Beinecke materials at every session, please apply for a semester-long class. To do so, please contact either the appropriate curator or Research Librarian. Beinecke staff will work with you to develop a short, informal proposal outlining the course’s use of materials as well as giving an estimate of the date, time, and number of students. Proposals are due in December for the following academic year and you will hear back from the library in February, well in advance of departmental registrar deadlines. Please review our full classroom guidelines .


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Monday 10 am - 7 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 9 am - 7 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday (Exhibitions only) 12 pm - 5 pm
Sunday (Exhibitions only) 12 pm - 4 pm

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