Yale University Library

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Yale University Library
Sterling Memorial Library 4, September 1, 2008.jpg
Country United States
Type Academic library
Location New Haven, Connecticut
Branches 22
Size 13 million volumes
Other information
Director Susan Gibbons[1]
Staff 550 FTEs
Website http://www.library.yale.edu/

Yale University Library is the library system of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. It is the second-largest academic library in North America, with approximately 12.5 million volumes housed in 20 buildings on campus.[2] Based on the number of volumes held, it is the fifth-largest library collection in the US, and the second-largest academic library (after Harvard University Library).[3]

Sterling Memorial Library, contains about four million volumes in the humanities and some social sciences and also houses specialized research collections in area studies, as well as the department of Manuscripts and Archives. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library possesses one of the greatest collections of rare and historical books and manuscripts in existence. Other important libraries include the Lillian Goldman Law Library, with nearly 800,000 volumes, the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (including its noteworthy collection of historical medical works), the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, and the Divinity School Library.

The Yale University Library includes libraries beyond its campus in New Haven, such as the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut, a research library for eighteenth-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill.

Due to budgetary concerns, the library has been dropping a number of its affiliations with open access journals. It canceled its membership to BioMed Central in 2007, and its membership in the Public Library of Science terminated on May 1, 2010.[4]

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