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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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A remarkable piece of architecture

The Beinicki is a truly original and beautiful building. Be sure to visit on a sunny day to see... read more

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john w
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Fantastic architecture with limited high quality display area

The building is in sharp contrast to its surroundings, but the real surprise is when you go inside... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Beinicki is a truly original and beautiful building. Be sure to visit on a sunny day to see sunlight shining through the marble panels. Also look over the extraordinary rare books and pictures on display.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank john w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is in sharp contrast to its surroundings, but the real surprise is when you go inside and see the light glowing through the marble sheets that looked bland on the outside. Next you will be amazed by the library within. The execution area...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank birdsinhand18
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Visited the Beinecke Library with a tour group. It's a beautiful architectural building to visit. Beyond that, the special exhibits on display are worth regular visits to the library. We were lucky enough to wander for hours looking over Langston Hughes work while on display....More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pfamily03
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I wondered what this Bunker like building was, and during the tour of the Yale University campus I found out. You really must take the tour to benefit from the explanation given about the Library.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bklynbubba
Reviewed 11 October 2018

The library is really worth visiting. they have very old books, The building is very nice and impressive that is supported by 4 points.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Luis R
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Yale's Benineke Library is free to enter. It is recently refurbished. I Highly recommend to visit it, especially on a sunny day. To protect the rare books, including a Gutenberg Bible and a wonderful large folio of Audobon's bird paintings, the walls are inch thick...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank mike l
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This library is incredible. No other like it. Worth all the time you can spend exploring it!!!! The collection is immense.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Tigergram
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

The library is a 1960s addition by Gordon Bunshaft to the often neo-gothic and sometimes neo-Romanesque look of Yale University buildings. it has a windowless facade with large marble plaques. From the outside the marble looks pleasant and creamy. I first thought it might be...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Nina S
Reviewed 15 September 2018

.. Both inside and out. Only needs a few minutes of your time. It is a repository for ancient books and old manuscripts. The Gutenberg bible from the 15th century is on display. What's amazing is the fine marble in the structure which prevents excessive...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Lin D
Reviewed 11 September 2018

The Beinecke was daringly modern when it was built in the late 1960s (I think that's when it was - I was a Yale graduate student at the time and I remember how beautiful I found the extraordinary building and its setting.) The building has...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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If you want to visit there is call 203-432-2300, that is the Yale visitor information center. They can provide you the best information to visiting the library. The group tour is Saturday at 130 pm, but you can go in and... More