Behind the tunnel at Sterling Library

At the High Street doors, patrons enter to the left, stepping into an access tunnel, while construction crew members go to the right.
The tunnel, designed to protect patrons during the restoration, will give patrons access to the stacks, circulation, the Starr Main Reference Room, the Linonia & Brother Room (the "Green" Room), and the International Room. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
Students and staff will still be able to visit the stacks and check out books in the Franke Periodical Reading Room, adjacent to the High Street entrance. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
Behind the tunnel, the work of restoration is already well underway.
Scaffolding has been erected to support crews as they clean the stonework and stained glass. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
A ventilation system is in place. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
And construction materials and equipment have been stored for easy access. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
In the south aisle, the alcoves are being removed and salvaged. The open space will then serve as a location for soft seating for conversation and study.
The Circulation area will become home to self check-out stations, computer stations, and multiple scanners. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
Woodwork will be cleaned and restored to its original beauty. Certain wooden materials will be transferred offsite for cleaning and preservation.
Crews discovered that the wood paneling and card catalogues in the south aisle had been assembled using wooden pegs rather than nails — an indication of the craftsmanship of the original builders. The discovery allowed workers to easily remove wood paneling and wooden details for cleaning and restoration.
This test portion dramatically demonstrates how bright and colorful the stonework of the restored nave will be.
An array of new lighting will highlight details of the renovated painted ceilings and arches. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
This section shows the contrast between the cleaned ceiling (left) and the uncleaned portion.
Most of the stained glass windows will be cleaned "in place." (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
The renovation is expected to be completed in 2014. (Photo by Phil Handler/Fly on the Wall Productions)
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The grand nave of the Sterling Memorial Library is being renewed and restored, thanks to a $20 million gift from Richard Gilder ’54 and his wife, Lois Chiles. The restoration honors  Yale  President Richard C. Levin, who stepped down from that post in June, and his wife, Jane A. Levin, lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Directed Studies Program.
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