Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library

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  • Address: 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA, 6511, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-2034322977
  • Fax: +1-2034324047
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Library, Family And Kids, Community And Government, Libraries

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library dates back to the 1960s and is the largest library in the world that is dedicated to rare books and manuscripts. The architecture of the library adds to its uniqueness- the entire 6 storeyed building is supported on four piers making the building appear as if it is floating. Walk inside and you are free to see some of the rarest documents, books, papers and manuscripts in human history. The library’s oldest collection is a Gutenberg Bible that dates back to 1454! However, the most unique manuscript here is the Voynich Manuscript (an unknown form of language that is believed to date back to the 15th century and has been a mystery for code-breakers and researchers). The Voynich Manuscript’s origin is considered to be Northern Italy by researchers and is found to have similarities to Latin.

Other highlights of the library include books by Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Dorothy Richardson, Sinclair Lewis, Ernst Cassirer, Walter Crane, Lawrence Durrell, Charles Dickens, George Eliot and James M. Barrie among others. You can also find rare 16th century printed books and classic Polish, Russian, Greek and Latin literature books. Do look out for any trending exhibits when you visit the library. If you truly love reading and adore history, take a good amount of time to explore these rare documents and books.

Entrance Ticket Details For Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library

  • Admission is permitted to Yale students and faculty and visiting researchers. Call up the place for admission prices and/or appointments.

Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library Hours

  • Saturday (Exhibitions only): 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm
  • Sunday (Exhibitions only): 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • The Beinecke Library also generally offers introductory tours, open to all individuals, on Saturdays at 1:30 pm, led by library staff

How to Reach Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library

  • By Bus: College St and Grove St
  • By taking a Taxi
  • By walking
  • By renting a Bike

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  • Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library Address: 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA, 6511, United States
  • Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library Contact Number: +1-2034322977
  • Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library Timing: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Best time to visit Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library(preferred time): 10:30 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library: 04:00 Hrs
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Beinecke Rare Book And Manuscript Library Reviews & Ratings

  • When I first saw the Beinecke, 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.

  • Amazing to visit. Guest can access the first two floors. Only researchers beyond that point. It is a walk from parking since the road is closed to cars.

  • We walked in to this building as part of a tour of Yale University and gasped as we took in the beautiful architecture and amazing collection of books. I loved seeing the marble windows lining the walls.

  • Very informative and interesting public tours every Saturday at 1:30 with fantastically talented library staff as guides. GO!!

  • Absolutely beautiful. The building is worth the visit just to admire the amazing marble walls which must be seen from the inside. Visited on a Sunday afternoon and was not very crowded. There is material on display on the first two floors, spent about 45 minutes inside to see everything.

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