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Inside the Beinecke Rare Books Library at Yale: The books are contained in a glassed in area at the center so you can see but not touch (librarians will fetch the books you need if you're doing research). The exterior wall is made of thin slabs of marble that allow some light in during the day, but not enough to damage the books. You can see that this picture was taken during the daytime from the glow of the square slabs on the right wall.


You can see the exterior here and here.

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Taken on January 28, 2006