The entrance to the International Room (SML 177) is to your left as you enter Sterling Memorial Library (SML) from the main entrance on High Street.
You'll know you're almost at the International Room when you pass by a small staircase on your left with a locked gate over its entrance. These stairs lead to the 1742 room, which was originally designed to house the books contained in the Yale College library in 1742 when Thomas Clap created a manuscript catalogue of the library's contents. The catalogue was published in 1743. The books have since been moved to the Beinecke Library and you can see many of them, along with Clap's catalogue, in a display in the book stack tower at Beinecke.
Because the special collection materials you'll be using in the International Room are in many cases unique and irreplaceable, all personal belongings, food, and drink must be placed on tables immediately inside the entrance to the International Room. The International Room is continuously monitored by video surveillance cameras.