Beinecke Library, New Haven, Connecticut —
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University is one of the world's largest buildings devoted exclusively to rare books. Completed in 1963, the building was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft of the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Inside, a glass tower of books rises through the library's center. The building will be closed for an infrastructure renovation starting in May, but its remarkable architecture won't change.