Visiting the Cushing Center

The library is closed Friday, April 14 and the Cushing Center tours that day are canceled. 

Anyone interested in seeing this unique collection is invited to visit the Cushing Center. To enter the Center an active Yale Proximity ID Card is required. Visitors without an active Yale Proximity ID Card, may register as visitors at the Medical Library’s Circulation Desk. Library staff will provide visitors with a Cushing Center Proxy Card that will permit them to enter the space.

The center can be reserved for special tours and teleconferences.  If you are travelling to visit the center, please call the library 203-785-5354 to check its availability.


Sunday: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM


The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  From the library entrance, walk straight down the hallway to the Information Room.  Take the stairway on the right and walk down two flights.  The Center entrance is on the right.

Exploring the Collection

There is much to see and discover in the Cushing Center so we encourage you to explore. In addition to the specimens on display, take time to view the videos, browse the books, open the drawers beneath the exhibit cases, light up the vitrines to get a better view of some of Dr. Cushing’s most prized books and manuscripts, and fold out the large poster display doors to view reproductions of Cushing’s own artwork, and more.


Cushing Center tours will not be offered on March 23 or 24, 2017.

Each week we offer three tours: Thursday at 2:00 PM and Friday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There is no need to sign up, just meet at the library entrance. The tour lasts about 40 minutes. If you would like to schedule a tour at another time, send a message to Please mark the subject line Cushing Center Tour for a quicker response.

The Cushing Center Conference Room

The conference room may be used by members of the Medical Center community. The room is equipped with a 70” LCD display, a Dell computer with high-speed internet access, additional connections for laptop computers, and a Tandberg videoconferencing system.  Access to the Dell computer requires an active Yale University NetID. The room comfortably seats 20 people, with 12 sitting around the center table.


Contact Katie Hart (, 203-785-5352) or add the room to your Outlook meeting request. The room name is “SHM L Cushing Center Conference RM” Please note, your reservation will be tentative until you have also completed and submitted the online request form. Please review these guidelines first. 


Please be aware that security cameras are in use in the Cushing Center.