Beinecke Library Renovation

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s iconic building will close for a major renovation following Yale University’s commencement ceremonies in May 2015.  The renovation will replace the library’s mechanical systems and expand its research, teaching, storage, and exhibition capabilities. The building 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

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...
June 24, 2014
Following commencement ceremonies in May 2015, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will close its iconic building for 16 months to undergo a major renovation that...
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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...