A renovation has revitalized the Yale University Library’s Manuscript and Archives Department’s dark and drafty space in Sterling Memorial Library, creating a warm and bright research center for students and scholars to study archival collections documenting America’s political, legal, diplomatic, social, and cultural history to the present day.
The new classroom will help meet increasing demand from faculty to teach in the collections, Gibbons said. It is located in the Gutenberg Room, a space located behind the reading room where Yale’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible was housed before the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library opened in 1963.
A new consultation room off the reading room provides a much-needed space for patrons and library staff to speak privately without disturbing other researchers. An elevator has replaced a small and antiquated dumbwaiter used to transport 12,000 containers of collection material annually delivered to Manuscripts and Archives from the offsite Library Shelving facility, making life easier for the department’s access-services staff.
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