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On foot

From the New Haven Green or Phelps Gate on Old Campus, take College Street north to Elm Street. Make a left onto Elm Street. Go past Calhoun College and Berkeley College (on your right). At High Street, turn right and follow the cement pathway. Sterling Memorial Library will be to the left; and the Women's Table sculpture on your right. Turn right and walk down the stairs. Enter the Bass Library from the pavilion on your left.

Driving

Interstate 95:

From north: Turn off turnpike at I-91 North Exit (Hartford, Springfield Exit) and continue for a short distance on I-91 to Trumbull Street Exit 3. Follow Interstate 91 directions below.

From south: Take Downtown New Haven Exit 47. Proceed to the first exit to the city streets. This brings you onto North Frontage Road. Continue for four blocks to York Street. Turn right and proceed for four blocks to Elm Street. Turn right and proceed one block to High Street, where a left turn would bring you to the library. Sterling Memorial Library (High Street entrance) is on the left in the middle of the block. This section of High Street is for pedestrians only. See Parking below.

Interstate 91:

From north: Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street Exit). Continue to the end of Trumbull Street to the fourth traffic light. Turn left onto Prospect Street and continue for one block. Prospect Street becomes College Street at this point, at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda. Continue for one block to Wall Street. A right turn will take you to the library's Wall Street entrance, which is just past the High Street intersection. There is no parking on this section of Wall Street. See Parking below. Continue past the High Street intersection. The Wall Street entrance is on your left.

Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/ Merritt Parkways):

From north: Take Exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for approximately five miles. Turn right on Sachem Street at the Peabody Museum traffic light. Continue to next traffic light (at Prospect Street) and turn left. Proceed for two blocks until Prospect Street becomes College Street, at the Woolsey Hall Rotunda. Continue for one block to Wall Street. A right turn will take you to the library's Wall Street entrance, which is just past the High Street intersection. There is no parking on this section of the street. See Parking below.

From south: Take Exit 57. Drive east on Route 34 (Derby Avenue) for five miles to the fork of Derby Avenue and George Street. Continue on George Street about eight blocks to York Street. Turn left and drive three blocks to Elm Street. Turn right and proceed one block to High Street, where a left turn would bring you to the library. Sterling Memorial Library (High Street entrance) is on the left in the middle of the block. This section of High Street is for pedestrians only. See Parking below.

Parking

Yale does not maintain a visitors parking lot. There is metered parking on all streets around the campus. On-street parking most convenient to the library can be found on College Street, Grove Street, York Street and Wall Street. Commercial parking lots are located at the corner of Crown and College Streets, on Broadway opposite the Yale Co-op, on Temple Street between Chapel and George Streets, on Church Street between Grove and Wall Streets, on Grove Street at Whitney Avenue, and on Grove Street between Temple and Church Streets.

Train

Amtrak trains run daily through New Haven from Boston and Washington.

MetroNorth commuter trains run hourly between Grand Central Station, New York and Union Station, New Haven.

Taxis are readily available at Union Station. You can also take the J/U bus and get off at the New Haven Green. Walk several blocks up Elm Street until you come to High Street. Turn right and you'll find the library on your left, in the center of the block.