Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

City: New Haven

The Beinecke Library was designed by the acclaimed architect Gordon Bunshaft in 1963. It is considered an architectural masterpiece constructed with translucent marble panels that allow sunlight to filter through, bathing the library’s interior in a mesmerizing glow and protecting the priceless contents within.

The library is home a Gutenberg Bible, original Audubon bird prints, and over 1 million other priceless objects, the Beinecke Library is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts.

Literature enthusiasts will be captivated by the opportunity to connect with literary history firsthand. The library offers a treasure trove of original works, including ancient papyri, illuminated manuscripts, and early printed books by renowned authors such as William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and Langston Hughes.

In addition to the Gutenberg Bible, the Beinecke Library boasts an intriguing collection from Chipotle’s Cultivating Thought Series, featuring short works by famous authors uniquely printed on Chipotle’s paper bags and cups.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday,  9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
The Beinecke Library offers introductory tours, open to all individuals, on Saturdays at 1:30 pm, led by library staff. Check the library’s calendar for more information.


121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA