Housed in a stunning, six-story rectangular building, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is situated on the campus of Yale University, in downtown New Haven, CT.
This renowned facility features glass-enclosed stacks, or levels of book shelves that are filled with rare books, manuscripts, and other materials from all over the world. In addition to the hard copy materials, thousands of items have been partially or fully digitized and can easily be viewed online.
The myriad of collections at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are categorized into several curatorial areas. Pre-1500 books and manuscripts, early modern books and manuscripts from 1500 to 1800, and modern books and manuscripts post-1800 are all categorized separately. The extensive collections at this library and literary archive include American literature, German literature, Western Americana, and a growing music section.
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library building itself was completed in 1963, yet its imaginative and futuristic appearance make it look as vibrant as any modern building. The exterior of the building features an attractive geometric design of light-transmitting marble panels.
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is located near Hartford, CT, and is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon researching and viewing one of the world's most foremost collections of rare books and manuscripts. The downtown section of New Haven is home to many excellent dining and lodging options, as well as an array of cultural attractions. If you are, or plan to be in the New Haven or Hartford, CT areas, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is always a very interesting place to visit.