Ringing in the New Year with a New Library

Friends, I have a confession. For those readers who have kept up with my blog over the past year and a half, you may have noticed a trend. Somehow, one way or another, I always end up talking about at least one of Yale’s libraries.

To tell you the truth, I don’t spend all day and all night in the library. Just like any other college sophomore, I sometimes procrastinate on an assignment or two, and consequently tend stay up pretty late. I like to tell myself that I’m procrastinating with a purpose: I’m running to club meetings, volunteering at an educational activism project, or catching a Master’s Tea to hear a famous personality sit down and talk with Yalies.

Eventually, the calm after the storm of activities begins to set in. I stocked up on fresh fruit from the Berkeley Buttery to keep me going for another few hours. I’m ready to go. Wait… but where am I going?

Now that’s the question. Sure, I could study in my room or even head over to the Berkeley Library right around the corner. But when there are 30+ options of places to study on any given night, the choice is not so simple! For this blog post, I wanted to tell you about my latest find: The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI).

The CSSSI, with shelves of technical manuals and numerous computer workstations.

Located conveniently in the center of Science Hill in the Kline Biology Tower, CSSSI is impressive and futuristic. As Yale’s programs in the natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and mathematics continued to grow, the administration responded with this beautiful gift.

Comfortable armchairs with surfaces for laptop computers. Nearby, individual workstations and long tables.

The University is modernizing its resources through digital archiving and an extensive collection of media technologies exclusively for undergraduates. I’m talking geographic information systems, 3D molecular modeling, statistical modeling, and a whole slew of additional software that brings research to a whole new level.

The CSSSI library is an intellectual and social hub: all of the textbooks, journals, and online resources you could ever need are now in one spot. The newly designed spaces are inviting, modern, functional, and even sport hidden “Y” charms on the back of the space-age chairs.

…and it doesn’t end there. For students who are looking to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee in between their studies, there’s the new KBT Café.

The KBT Café, with a clean and modern style, and menus on flatscreen televisions.

Customers enjoying drinks and conversation in the cafe.

So if you’re planning a visit to Yale, be sure to put Science Hill on your checklist. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find! 

An event at CSSSI.