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New beginnings for Yale's iconic library, thanks to US$20m donation

Entrance hall is now a popular study lounge

The grand nave of the Sterling Memorial Library has been restored, cleaned and modernised following a US$20 million donation from philanthropist and alumnus Richard Gilder.

New Haven, Connecticut

"FEW works can equal it as a monument of lifelessness and decadence; none can surpass it in extravagance and falsity." Writing in an undergraduate review called The Harkness Hoot in 1930, William Harlan Hale had nothing good to say about the new Sterling Memorial