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Yale University Library Open House

Saturday May 30, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street
Free and open to the public | Fun for the whole family

Events in the Nave

Welcome and Information Table: Library brochures, information, and publications

History and Treasures of the East Asia Library: Meet library staff as they display highlights from Yale's East Asian studies collections. Materials on display will include some older and unusual books in Chinese and Japanese, some of them donations from distinguished Yale alumni, as well as some illustrated books from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in European languages.

Documents to the People: The Government Documents & Information Center at Yale: The Government Documents & Information Center is a depository for documents from the U.S. federal government, Canadian federal government, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. Its rich collections support research in a wide range of subjects, including international relations, public policy, economics, trade, agriculture, environmental studies, public health, and much more. Depository collections – whether print volumes in Yale’s stacks or digital information online -- are available for use by both Yale affiliates and the public.

The Ministry Resource Center, Yale Divinity Library: Explore resources (print, DVD, CD, etc.) for leading congregations and agencies on social justice, worship, all age groups, learning and carrying out projects on "everything congregations/agencies care about."

Historical Sound Recordings Collection: The purpose of the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings (HSR) is to collect, preserve, and make available for study historical recordings of performers important in the fields of Western classical music, jazz, American musical theater, drama, literature, and history (including oratory). A member of the library staff will have examples of several formats of sound recordings from the collection for viewing, as well as some audio for listening.

Lillian Goldman Law Library: Learn about the Law Library's resources, including one of the world's finest collections of print and online legal materials, and the various services offered to the Yale community. Take part in a library tour and discover the treasures hidden in this magnificent library, located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex.

In the Exhibits Corridor

Children’s Treasure Hunt (with prizes!): Introduce your children to the gargoyles, stained-glass windows and other wonders of Sterling Memorial Library. This activity is available from 11am-1 pm. The treasure hunt table will be in the exhibition corridor of SML.

Library Merchandise & Gift Table: Stop by and pick up some terrific Yale University Library merchandise, including tote bags, T-shirts, gift cards, and travel mugs. The merchandise table will be in the exhibition corridor of SML.

Exhibit: The Art of the Ketubah: A Study in Jewish Diversity: Celebrating the ketubah (plural ketubot), the marriage contract that Jewish law requires a groom to provide for his bride on their wedding day. The ketubot on display in the exhibit are from the Yale University Library’s Sholem Asch Collection and span from four centuries and many countries. This exhibit is in the display cases along the exhibition corridor.


Glass, Stone, Iron and Wood: The Architectural Decorations of Sterling Memorial Library led by International Program Support Librarian, Graziano Krätli. This tour focuses on the glass windows, stone carvings, ironwork and woodwork of one of the most remarkable and artistically relevant buildings on the Yale campus. The physical library as an encyclopedic compendium of signs, symbols, stories and legends. This tour will meet at 12 noon at the Circulation Desk.

Treasures of the Yale Library: Led by Geoffrey Little, YUL Communications Coordinator. This is a wonderful opportunity to see remarkable treasures that make up one of the world’s leading research libraries. The tour will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Circulation Desk of the Sterling Memorial Library. Space is limited and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: The Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars, whether affiliated with Yale or not. Beinecke is one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. Please come for a tour and hear about the myths and legends of a great research library. Oh, and the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s, Birds of America, are always on display. Meet on the Beinecke plaza at 1:00 PM.

Self-Guided tours of the architecture, stained glass, and reading rooms are also available at the Library’s High Street entrance.

Additional guided tours of the Sterling Memorial Library may be offered according to demand.

Events in the Memorabilia Room & Lecture Hall

Revisiting Old Yale: Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist and author of the Yale Alumni Magazine column, “Old Yale,” will draw from the vast archives for a look into Yale’s past. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Lecture Hall

Events in Manuscripts and Archives

Manuscripts & Archives Open House: A rare chance to view close-up some of the treasures of this rich and diverse collection.