Beinecke rare book and manuscript library yale university
Staff | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript LibraryImages are printed to order on high quality photographic paper using the latest digital technology. Images can be ordered in either matt, semi-gloss or gloss finish. The images in our collection, although kept to the highest possible standards, can sometimes display irregularities. These may have been caused during their original printing, or through damage that has occurred before coming to RIBA. In some cases therefore, these may be visible on your photographic reproduction.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Built in , the building is the largest in the world dedicated to the preservation and collection of rare books and manuscripts. The oldest printed item in their collection is a Gutenberg Bible from approximately one of only 48 known examples of its kind , but perhaps the most famous item is the mysterious Voynich Manuscript, also known by its call number, Beinecke MS The Voynich Manuscript is named for the book dealer who purchased it in , and very little is known about its true origins. Written entirely in a mysterious and most likely fictional language, the manuscript is elaborately decorated with symbols and illustrations of fanciful plant life. The Voynich Manuscript is not on public display, but there is a facsimile of the manuscript by the front desk for curious vistors to peruse.
There is no admission charge. See additional information on hours and accessibility. Learn more about registering as a reader. There are several tools that will help you identify, find, and explore the collections. Researchers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers.
The library's iconic building reopened in September after an month closure for major renovations, which included replacing the building's HVAC system and expanding teaching and exhibition capabilities. The marble is milled to a thickness of 1. On a sunny day the marble transmits filtered daylight to the interior in a subtle golden amber glow, a product of its thin profile. These panels are framed by a hexagonal grid of Vermont Woodbury granite veneer, fastened to a structural steel frame. The outside dimensions have " Platonic " mathematical proportions of height: width: length.
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Its holdings draw hundreds of scholars, artists, and critics from around the world to the reading room each year. Thousands of students from Yale and beyond learn about the history of human thought through hands-on sessions with original artifacts in the Beinecke classrooms. Since its opening, the Beinecke Library has become the principal repository for books in the Yale collection printed anywhere before , books printed in North America before , newspapers and broadsides printed in the United States before , and manuscripts and early printed books from the Middle and Near East, Japan, China, and Korea as well as special formats such as playing cards and maps. On average, the library adds between 10, and 15, books, 1, feet of archival material, and more than 3, discrete manuscripts to its holdings each year. A nexus for original scholarship in a wide range of disciplines, the Beinecke collections are used by scholars and practitioners who have made significant contributions in their fields: from literary and cultural studies to the history of science, music, theater, and art; the history of the book, of photography, graphic design, and architecture; social, intellectual, and political history; medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth-century Europe; American literature; Western Americana; nineteenth-century imperialism; African American culture; British literature; gay, lesbian, and transgender studies; transatlantic Modernism; postwar counterculture; and contemporary American poetry.
The library was the gift of three Yale alumni—Edwin J. Beinecke, ; Frederick W. Beinecke, S; Walter Beinecke, —and their families. This is also a nod to the collections, as the pages of many early books and manuscripts are laid out in this proportion, considered pleasing to the eye and reverential to the text. The marble panels protect the collections from damaging direct sunlight while absorbing and reflecting the exterior light in warm hues on the interior.
Staff For research questions and general inquiries, please email the Beinecke Library at beinecke. Rebecca Aldi Public Services Assistant rebecca. Judit Balassa Cataloging Assistant judit. Renee Ballingham Preservation Assistant renee. Matthew Beacom Special Project Cataloger matthew. Frank Berretta Security Officer frank.