Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
One of the world’s largest libraries of its kind, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Yale University’s principal source of literary archives, early manuscripts and rare books with a highly extensive collection used by students and researchers from all over the world. Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the building was completed in 1963 and constructed out of marble and granite sourced from Vermont, as well as bronze and glass. The library’s powerful, geometric exterior stands in juxtaposition to the old-world, neo-Classical and neo-Gothic architecture in the shared quadrangle, and simultaneously functions to filter daylight and protect the millions of priceless volumes enclosed within the building. Items in the library’s permanent collection include The Gutenburg Bible and Audubon’s Birds of America.