Sterling Memorial Library opened in 1930 and is architect James Gamble Rogers’s (1867-1947) masterpiece of design in the Collegiate Gothic style. With nearly four million books in its majestic tower, Sterling Library dominates the central campus of Yale University. The ornamentation inside the library includes more than 3,000 decorated windows by the artist G. Owen Bonawit. These windows are celebrated as one of the most extensive and valuable collections of secular stained glass in the world. Recent renovations in Sterling Library were designed to strike the delicate balance between the look and feel of Rogers’s original architecture with the requirements of a modern research library.
The tour will be led by Kendall Crilly, Associate University Librarian for Program Development & Research. The tour will meet inside the High Street entrance to the library (120 High Street, between Elm and Wall Streets).