Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven: Hours, Address, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reviews: 5/5

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Toby C
Monroe, CT73 contributions
A magical setting
Jan 2020
Unless things have changed, this library is free to visit. In the height of summer, there is (was) a steady stream of groups—outside these times - a magical place especially when the light coming in through the marble windows is sufficient to illuminate the interior.
Written September 3, 2020
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lcdemar
Ashburn, VA194 contributions
Beautiful building inside
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was a highlight of our time in new haven. Absolutely worth a trek across campus to find. The building is truly a marvel. The translucent marble is a special thing to see. My favorite exhibit was the Audubon illustrations. Even the Gutenberg Bible was much more colorful than I had expected.
Written February 12, 2020
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ARose
Charlotte, NC912 contributions
Worth a look - only takes a few minutes
Nov 2019
If you are in the area, it is absolutely worth stopping by. Free to the public and there are several things worth seeing - Gutenberg bible and James Audubon collection are top of the list. You can visit on a walking tour or go by yourself - you can hit the highlights in 10 minutes if you are pressed for time. No public bathrooms.
Written December 16, 2019
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Linda H
New Haven, CT15 contributions
An amazing building, constructed to preserve rare books.
Sep 2019
The architecture of this building is spectacular, designed to house, in a low oxygen cube, thousands of rare books. The exterior is made of slabs of granite which let in subdued light, which will not harm to books.
Written October 29, 2019
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edmondite
edmond, oklahoma1,091 contributions
Must go inside if the sun is out!
Oct 2019
I remembered touring this in 1980 and couldn't wait to see it again! The sun was shining and it's so cool to see the striations showing through the marble walls from the inside. Gutenberg Bible on display as well.
Written October 28, 2019
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Tina H
Cambridge, UK71 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2019
Visited this Library as part of a university tour and it was well worth it, the building inside is amazing with its marble walls and all the rare books behind glass.
Written October 7, 2019
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Michele D
8 contributions
Who knew?
Sep 2019
Such a cool place to relax and read. Alsohas lots of exhibits to see. I became a member to support this beautiful unique space.
Written September 3, 2019
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punchbuggy2717
New Haven, CT48 contributions
If you love books, visit here!
Jun 2019
I love books and love to read, so touring a library is right up my alley. Just the smell of the place alone puts me in heaven (that book smell)! Great place.
Written September 3, 2019
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erinb3673
Munroe Falls, OH39 contributions
Take Time for the Tour
Aug 2019 • Couples
The library itself is beautiful with interesting exhibits. However, if you are in town on a Saturday, I highly recommend taking the tour for a bit of extra information on the library. It's free and was well worth our time.
Written August 24, 2019
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Mark
17 contributions
Bibliogasmic!
Aug 2019
When I first saw the Beinecke, like many others I thought it looked unfortunately modern and out of place surrounded by the breathtaking traditional architecture of Yale. Then, I went inside...
The walls are made of thin stone which allows light to penetrate into the interior on sunny days which gives a visitor the impression of standing in a stained glass cube--it's aesthetically stunning; uniquely beautiful. The books themselves are in a central 'stack' within the greater structure--a room within a room--and are visible from a walkway around the interior of the structure that hosts a exhibits ranging from civil rights and slavery to jazz and comic books. Like many great locations in New Haven, it's always free to the public and the ideal location to spent an hour on a hot day both to get into the icy air conditioning and to experience the interior on a sunny day. Never crowded, with staff that is always accommodating and pleasant, it's in the heart of the Old Campus and just one of numerous interesting locations within easy walking distance of one another. I'm not a Yale graduate, nor an employee--just a 'townie'--but one who fully benefits from the art, and aesthetics of being in close proximity to one of the oldest Universities in the country. There's plenty to see in New Haven and on Yale campus--but the Beinecke is, in my BOOK (lol) at the top of the list.
Written August 13, 2019
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