- City Guides
149 Elm St., New Haven, CT 06520
The nave of Sterling Memorial Library.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, Yale is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Yale is organized into 14 constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 12 professional schools. Total enrollment is about 12,000 students.
Yale's central campus in downtown New Haven covers 260 acres and comprises its main, historic campus and a medical campus adjacent to the Yale–New Haven Hospital. Many of Yale's buildings were constructed in the Collegiate Gothic architecture style from 1917 to 1931. The university offers guided and self-guided tours of the campus. Free maps and other visitor resources are available at the Mead Visitor Center at 149 Elm Street.
Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 13 living billionaires, and many foreign heads of state. In addition, Yale has graduated hundreds of members of Congress and many high-level U.S. diplomats.
Notable alumni from the entertainment world include filmmakers Michael Cimino and Oliver Stone; TV producer James Burrows; actresses Angela Bassett, Jennifer Beals, Jordana Brewster, Claire Danes, Jodie Foster, Frances McDormand, Sigourney Weaver, Meryl Streep, and Bellamy Young; and actors Noah Emmerich, James Franco, Paul Giamatti, Paul Newman, Bronson Pinchot, Vincent Price, Liev Schreiber, John Turturro, Sam Waterston, David Duchovny, Robert Picardo, Courtney Vance, Enrico Colantoni, Harry Hamlin, John Hodgman, Chris Noth, Tony Shalhoub, and Henry Winkler. Others include Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau and author Tom Wolfe.
Library: The Yale University Library holds more than 15 million volumes and is the third-largest academic library in the United States. The centerpiece of the library system is the Sterling Memorial Library. The library is open to the public before 6 p.m.
A free desk pass allows visitors to retrieve materials from the library. Entry to stacks requires a stacks pass, borrowing pass or Yale ID. The stacks pass is free for City of New Haven employees, as well as students, faculty and staff at other universities specified on the library website. Unaffiliated researchers may purchase a stacks pass for $20 per week or $40 per month. Various paid borrowing programs are available. The standard program for unaffiliated researchers costs $200 for three months or $750 per year.
This description includes material adapted from the Wikipedia article "Yale University", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. It has been edited for brevity and to conform with the style of this website. The edited description is distributed under the terms of the same Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 license.