Stairwell and Elevator to Bass Library on the North Side of Cross Campus

Bass Library


Physical Location is 110 Wall Street

Mail to Yale University - Bass Library c/o Kathy Krasney
130 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06511-1918

Renovated in 2019, Bass Library is located below Cross Campus and adjacent to Sterling Memorial Library with natural light flowing in from two sunken courtyards. Bass is connected to Sterling via a tunnel from the Wright Reading Room below Sterling Memorial Library’s Gothic Nave.

What's Available: 

Outdoor Space
Public Computer
Natural Light
Individual Tables
Large Tables
Tech/Media Equipment Loans
Individual Study Rooms
Group Study Rooms
Chalk Board/White Board
Coffee/Snacks Nearby
ATM Machine
Color Printer
Eli Express Delivery Location
Electrical Outlets
Conversation Allowed


Location Phone Email
Media Equipment Checkout Circulation Desk 203-432-1874
Student Technology Support Center 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 203-432-5242


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. 


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.