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Yale University Library

The Heart of Yale

Above the entrance to Sterling Memorial Library is an inscription: “The library is the heart of the university.” It’s true. Yale’s library system serves every student, faculty member, and researcher at the university, as well as members of the public. Gifts to the library help connect our academic community with a wealth of knowledge, resources, and materials—whether they’re browsing in the stacks or accessing e-resources from across the globe.

A World of Knowledge

Yale’s library system contains fifteen million print and electronic volumes in more than a dozen libraries and locations. In addition to digital materials, our resources for teaching and research include ancient papyri, early printed books, maps, rare film and music recordings, and photographs. Many of the materials are in circulation. Some may be accessed in reading rooms or displayed in public exhibitions. And some are made part of the student learning experience in object study classrooms. By making its holdings widely available, Yale’s library fulfills its commitment to preserve and disseminate human knowledge.

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Students study at tables inside Bass Library

March 22, 2021

The New Frontier of Preservation

Yale’s first endowment for digital preservation spotlights a rising need—and Yale Library expertise.
The two-story Young Family Study space

March 31, 2020

New Endowment—and Name—for Yale Science and Social Science Library

A generous gift from the Marx family will endow the library and support the essential resources it provides for science and social science research.
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