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On Campus

During your studies at Yale, plan to visit Yale's many libraries, museums, galleries, and other attractions. Your student ID will allow you free access to all of them.

There's always something to do at Yale. Check out the Yale Calendar of Events for opportunities to have fun, learn, and celebrate.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Beinecke Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars. Free and open to the public.

Harkness ​Tower Tours

Harkness Tower tours happen on occasion over the summer.  The guild member hosting will play one or two songs for the group on the real bells.

Payne Whitney Gymnasium

Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the world's largest indoor recreational facilities.  You are entitled to a free gymnasium membership while enrolled in summer classes, with optional locker rental and towel service.

Sterling Memorial Library and Bass Library

Sterling Memorial Library is the main library building of the Yale University Library system. In addition to five large reading rooms, a Music Library, and courtyard on the ground floor, the library's tower has fifteen levels of stacks containing over 4 million volumes. Sterling connects via tunnel to the underground Bass Library, which contains an additional 150,000 volumes. Both are free and open to the public.

Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Its foundation is the gift of paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, manuscripts, and sculpture given to Yale University by Paul Mellon '29. Admission is free.

Yale Farm

Twelve months a year, students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members visit the Yale Farm to study the connection between land and food.

Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale Art Gallery's permanent collection was founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Since that time, the collection has grown to number more than 200,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Yale Visitor's Center

At the Yale Visitor's Center you can drop by for information about Yale or to take a guided tour led by Yale College undergraduates.

New Haven and Beyond

Yale is situated in the heart of the vibrant city of New Haven, Connecticut. It's easily the Greatest Small City in America. Every summer, New Haven hosts the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

It is easy to explore the Northeast region from New Haven. 

Yale Shuttle

The Yale Shuttle can take you all over campus and to parts of the city for free! Remember to bring your Yale ID to use it.

Public Buses

Connecticut-based CT Transit can take you to other towns and cities in the state.


New Haven's Union Station has daily service to New York City's Grand Central Station via the Metro North Railroad. There is also Amtrak service to Boston and Providence, RI (home of Brown University) to the north and to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. to the south.