In addition to housing part of Yale's world-renowned collections, Sterling Memorial Library — the building itself — is a testament to the craftsmanship of the stone carvers who helped create the Gothic-style structure over 80 years ago. Here is a look at just some examples of their artistry.
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Photos: 10-Spot: Sterling's stone carvings
This creature sits atop the periodical reading room and is best seen from Trumbull College courtyard.
This carving in the nave depicts the founding of Yale in 1701.
In the main entryway there are carvings that represent the four winds.
A sundial above a door in Selin Courtyard.
Intricate carvings above the main entrance to Sterling Memorial Library.
This face is one of many that look down on visitors in the nave.
A carved hand holds this lamp in the doorway of the Wall Street entrance.
Just outside the Starr Reference Room is a utility closet with carvings of a mop and bucket and broom.
William Shakespeare gazing down onto Rose Walk.
Many would assume that the figure that crowns the main entrance to the library would be well known, but it is actually an anonymous student.