Call to Renew

Nearly two centuries later, a members-only library could once again become the center of intellectual life in New Haven.

No sign at The Institute Library urges visitors to keep their voices down, but there is little to tempt guests here from breaking usual reading room etiquette. The main floor is empty on a Friday in early August. Each of the oversized red chairs sits vacant in the back room of this second story library—an unlikely and unnoticeable fixture of Chapel Street’s cramped commercial row, nestled between a tattoo parlor and dated pawn shop. Books wait to be shelved at The Institute Library. An enormous. . . Read more
Clare Sestanovich