Answered By: Laura Sider
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018     Views: 2014

Q: Can I visit the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, even if I am not planning to do research?
Answered by: Laura Sider

You are welcome to visit the Beinecke’s public exhibition spaces on the building’s ground and mezzanine levels. For information on current, upcoming, and past exhibitions, please visit this page.  All exhibitions are free and open to the public and photography is allowed. While you will be able to view our stacks through the glass tower, please note that they are not open to the public at any time. In addition, access to the court level and the reading room is restricted to individuals conducting scholarly research using the Beinecke’s collections.

When you enter the building, tell the guard you wish to view the exhibitions and he or she will direct you to them. Please visit this page to confirm we will be open on the date of your visit and for the exhibition gallery hours.

For further information about the Beinecke, you may wish to listen to one of our podcasts or read one of our blogs. Both are accessible here.

For information about public tours, please visit this page:  (

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