May 19, 2022

Yale University: “Renovated Bass Library is a ‘Gateway’ to Research and Learning”

From Yale News:

The newly renovated Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library features expanded study space, increased natural lighting, and a revitalized collection meant to spark curiosity and inspire scholarship.

Following a month-long soft opening in which students acquainted themselves with the rejuvenated space, Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, officially reopened the library during an event on Oct. 1.

Bass is an important center of student life,” Gibbons said, adding that students visit the library to access a range of services, such as to loan media equipment, access textbooks on reserve, and receive research support. “We hope that this renovation willmake it easier and more convenient for you to use the library’s resources and services.”


A major component of the renovation involved re-evaluating and rebuilding the Bass Library’s collection, which has been consolidated in stacks on the library’s lower level. As part of the process, library staff analyzed content and usage of the Bass collection. As a result of this work, more than 35% of the 61,000 volumes in the post-renovation collection are new to the Bass Library. Disciplines that were under-represented before the renovation, such as the arts, sciences, and law, have a proportionally larger presence in the new collection. Going forward, the collection will be dynamic, with up to 3,000 new titles added per year, Gibbons explained.


“The Model Research Collection,” a new rotating installation on the library’s upper floor, offers a window into how researchers use the Yale Library’s collections and resources to investigate specific topics and questions. The inaugural collection, “Find a Set/Find a Text,” is curated by Laura Wexler, professor of American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

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See Also: Yale School of Medicine: Library Unveils Newly Renovated Facilities (June 22, 2019)

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