The newly renovated Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library is the starting point for undergraduate research support and library instruction as well as a popular student workspace. Through its staff, services, and a print collection of 61,000 volumes, Bass Library supports the Yale College curriculum across all subject areas. Bass Library staff work with faculty and other Yale Library staff to introduce students to the full range of Yale University Library collections, resources, and services. Originally called Cross-Campus Library, Bass Library is adjacent and connected to Sterling Memorial Library via the Wright Reading Room below Sterling Library’s Gothic Nave.
The building is wheelchair-accessible. An outside elevator (located in the pavilion entrance to the Thain Family Cafe and the Bass Library) will take the reader directly to the Bass Library.
To get to the Sterling Memorial Library from the Bass Library, readers with wheelchairs should take the elevator one level up to the tunnel connecting Bass Library and Sterling Memorial Library. Once through the tunnel, in the Wright Reading Room, turn left to the elevator and proceed up to the main level and the Sterling Memorial Library nave.
Inside Bass Library, there are two reservable, ADA-compliant individual study rooms, located on the courtyard level by Thain Cafe. Patrons can reserve these rooms for up to 4 hours, once per day: Reserve a space. All individual study rooms are sound-proof for persons requiring space to work with reading assistants, play audiotapes, take oral examinations, etc.
A valid Yale ID with swipe access is required for entry after 6 pm. All visitors must comply with Yale COVID-19 visitor policies.
From the New Haven Green or Phelps Gate on Old Campus, take College Street north to Elm Street. Make a left onto Elm Street. Go past Hopper College and Berkeley College (on your right). At High Street, turn right and follow the cement pathway. Sterling Memorial Library will be to the left; and the Women's Table sculpture on your right. Turn right and walk down the stairs. Enter the Bass Library from the pavilion on your left.