Beinecke Library Renovation

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will undergo a major renovation beginning at the end of May 2015.  The renovation will replace the library’s mechanical systems and expand its research, teaching, storage, and exhibition capabilities. The library will reopen in September 2016. A temporary reading room in the Sterling Memorial Library will provide researchers access to the library’s collections while work is under way. 

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. 

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

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April 17, 2014
Due to its upcoming major renovation, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will stop accepting new loan requests for collection material effective on June 1, 2014...
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April 14, 2014
Work crews today began clearing 12,000 linear feet of collection materials – roughly equivalent to 120,000 books – from the Beinecke Library in preparation for the May 2015...
March 12, 2014
Beginning in April 2014, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will temporarily close various collections in preparation for a major building renovation to start in...