Beinecke Library Renovation

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will close its iconic building for a major renovation on May 19, 2015 following Yale University’s commencement ceremonies. The renovation will replace the library’s mechanical systems and enhance its teaching and research facilities. A temporary reading room in the Sterling Memorial Library will provide researchers access to the library’s collections throughout the renovation. The library’s building will reopen in September 2016.

Beginning in April 2014, access to various collections will be limited as we prepare the library for closure. Please consult our closed collections schedule for information about when specific collections will be unavailable. The library’s reading room will close on Friday, May 8 2015 to allow staff time to prepare to open the temporary reading room on May 19. 

We invite you to learn more about the project, and follow our progress as we prepare the library for another 50 years as a world-class center of research and scholarship.

Renovation Updates

January 14, 2015
Work is under way to convert the Franke Periodical Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library into a temporary reading room for the Beinecke. It will open for business on...
December 12, 2014
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will close its iconic building in May 2015 for a major renovation. The building closure will occur in two stages:     The...
August 12, 2014
Construction began this week to transform an acre-sized office space located in Science Park in New Haven into a headquarters for the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript...