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Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library Unveils Newly Renovated Spaces on June 20

May 29, 2019

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newly renovated spaces. These include: a 125-seat classroom, eight 16-seat classrooms, new group study rooms, an expanded studio for video production, and 30 new workstations. The unveiling concludes a 9-month renovation project that closed one-third of the library’s spaces.

Please join us for food and drinks on Thursday, June 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the unveiling. Explore the new classrooms, experience the new Information Commons, and discover all the library has offer!

“The transition from print to electronic has freed up an enormous amount of space, and it’s given us a chance to think about the best way to use it," says John Gallagher, MLS, Director of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. "This has been a great opportunity and we’re really excited about it.”

Quick Fact Sheet

  • 125-seat classroom equipped with 20 monitors, plus 3 large projection screens
  • Eight 16-seat classrooms equipped with 96-inch monitors; six classrooms on lower level can be transformed into three 32-seat classrooms.
  • Four meeting rooms equipped with mounted monitors and cable adapters
  • Expanded studio for video production of learning materials
  • 24 computing workstations
  • Six Bring-Your-Own-Device workstations equipped with 27-inch monitors
  • Flexible and lounge seating
  • Standing computer desks
  • New web-based and on-demand reservation system
  • Relocated information desk with expanded hours
  • 329 seats total


Who can use the space?

Anyone! The library is open to all who visit. If you are coming from outside Yale or YNHH, you can sign in at the front desk in the School of Medicine. For borrowing and access privileges, please visit this page.

Can I reserve a classroom?

Anyone with a Yale NetID may reserve a classroom. If you are a member of YNHH, please see the circulation or information desk for help reserving a classroom.

How do I get there?

The Medical Library is located just off the central rotunda in the Yale University School of Medicine Building, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510 (see Google map). For more detailed directions, including where to park, please visit this page.

Where are the computers?

The library has 24 computer workstations located in the Information Commons (1 floor down from the main level) and 6 bring-your-own-device stations equipped with monitors. Additionally, there are 4 computer workstations located in the library lobby.

When is the library open?

The library is open 7 days a week. For a full list of library hours, including exceptions, please visit this page. The 24/7 computer & study space is always open and accessible through an after-hours entrance when the library is closed.

Why did you renovate this space?

There is a national trend of libraries reimagining and repurposing how their space is used. With the shift to electronic publishing, online journals and digital books, libraries no longer need as much shelving stacks for bound journals. This changed landscape facilitated the opportunity to enhance existing library spaces, and created new possibilities for medical education. Placing classroom space within the library will enhance learning opportunities, and connect even more people with the library’s valuable human resources and collections. Moreover, the planned changes provide flexible spaces that can be used for a range of purposes by a variety of users and groups.

Submitted by Robert Forman on May 29, 2019