"In the late 1950s, interest in rare books, the extraordinary philanthropy of the Beineckes, the University’s pressing need for a special collections library, and the genius of architect Gordon Bunshaft came together to give us the Beinecke Library". The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is the primary location of books and literary manuscripts at Yale University. The library serves are a research hub for faculty and students of the university as well as scholars around the globe. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one "of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts". The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has a devoted collections of Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts that can be partially viewed online and can be viewed with permission on site.