Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library: Preserving the Pages of History

April 5, 2016 | trioonline

For more than half a century, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has served as Yale University’s home for rare collections of books and early original manuscripts. It's recognized internationally as a cornerstone of literary preservation. The library's broad collection is used by scholars today to explore the works of the past in fields beyond literature including theology and natural sciences.

However, even if you aren’t scouting for a rare first edition or looking for valuable original manuscripts, the library is absolutely worth a visit. Beinecke is one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, and the structure itself is an architectural wonder. Photos hardly do justice to the powerful grey exterior, made up of muted geometric marble panes, but the centerpiece of the building is the immense glass tower rising through the core of the building. It actually houses much of Beinecke’s collection. Visit Beinecke’s website for a full timeline and oral history of the library, details on collections, events, and exhibitions, as well as details to help plan your visit.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 432-2977

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