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gorgeous! too bad none of the libraries around here are anything close to that.have you ever been to the library @ Weslayan U in Middletown CT? It was beautiful (but nothing compared to some of those pictures). It was a far cry from Buley, too.
Nope, haven't been.I heard recently that Yale libraries are open to residents. Is that true?
(here via a friend's link)Some of the Yale libraries are open to residents (or even tourists!). The Beinecke (rare book collection) is open to the public; I'm not sure how much of the collection visitors can get to, but the building itself can be toured, and there are usually exhibits. It's costly for non-Yalies to get stack passes for Stirling library (the main library, but the main reading rooms and main entry hall are freely accessible. Some of these reading rooms and courtyards are quite impressive.
you can get a guest pass, too, if you can get a letter of introduction from a college professor or something. this is how I got access to the yale law library when I was in graduate school. my favorite part was the stairs, because of the worrystone-like dips in the marble steps where countless students and teachers and librarians had walked before me over the years.
That's one of the things that struck me about this library -- Lamont, the one I work in -- and Harvard in general: the worn spots of previous generations.Unfortunately, I don't feel the same romanticism for Yale's worn spots. Not because of some misplaced notion of Ivy League rivalry, but because I took my GRE test in a Yale auditorium. The centuries of graffitti on the desktops made it tough to fill out the scantron bubbles. My pencil would get stuck in a groove and I'd spend the next precious minutes erasing a jagged line.Frickin' ancestry...
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