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The Gothic-styled Sterling Memorial Library is the largest library on campus and serves as the center of the Yale library system.

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Students, faculty and staff members of Yale have access to one of the world's largest libraries. With collections housed in some 22 buildings on and off campus, the University Library has holdings of more than 11 million bound volumes, as well as vast collections of maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, music scores, art, microtext, ancient clay tablets and other unique research material. In addition, a wide array of digital resources are available through the library's website.

Sterling Memorial Library (SML) is the largest library on campus and serves as the center of the library system. Home to many special and area studies collections, SML has 16 stack levels with books and journals devoted primarily to the humanities. The stacks are open to those with a valid Yale I.D. or a library visitor's access pass. Designed in the Gothic style and completed in 1930, the building is a memorial to John W. Sterling's (Yale 1864) "gratitude" to and "affection" for Yale. The building's refurbished reading rooms welcome readers to consult reference mateirals and current periodicals. The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, an award-winning design, is also located with SML.

In addition to the Sterling Memorial Library, many students use Cross Campus Library (CCL), which houses heavy-demand materials as well as those placed on reserve by the faculty. Most library research instruction courses are taught in the electronic classroom located in CCL. Plans are underway for a complete renovation of CCL and its connection to SML. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately after graduation in 2006 and will continue for 15 months, during which time CCL will be closed.

The Gutenberg Bible, Audubon's "Birds of North America" and an outdoor sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi are some of the highlights of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Constructed of Vermont granite and translucent marble panels, the building is one of the largest in the world devoted to rare books and manuscripts. Scholars from Yale and beyond come here to study medieval manuscripts, read 18th-century newspapers, consult modern literary manuscripts, or investigate topics ranging from Reformation theology to the history of the American West. A glass book tower dominates the library's exhibition area. Standing at six stories high, ith houses nearly 4,000 incunables (books printed in Europe before 1500) and the 1742 Yale Library.

Other specialized libraries in the University library system include: Arts, Chemistry, Classics, Divinity, Drama, Engineering and Applied Science, Epidemiology and Public Health, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Geology, Kline Science, Lewis Walpole (located in Farmington, Connecticut), Mathematics, Medical, Mudd (includes the Government Documents Center), Music and Social Science. (In addition to these, there are other libraries on campus, not part of the main University Library system, that serve a specific professional school, such as the Law School, or other institutions, such as the Reference Library of the Yale Center for British Art.)

Each specialized library offers comprehensive services and collections in related disciplines. A complete listing of the various libraries, with addresses, contact telephone numbers and hours, can be found on the library's website. Staff members are available at the individual libraries to acquaint library users with the collections and various print and computerized reference tools, to assist with research and to help locate materials at Yale and other libraries around the world. Photocopiers and computer workstations are available in most libraries. Throughout the year, libraries throughout the University library system sponsor exhibits, lectures, readings, concerts and conferences. Information on these events appear in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar and on the library's website.

Selected library hours for the academic term are:

Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St.: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-midnight.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St.: Reading room and exhibition area -- Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Sunday and major holidays.

Cross Campus Library, between College and Wall streets: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-2 a.m.

A complete listing of library hours can be found at www.library.yale.edu/hours/.


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