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.