Exhibits University of Oregon Libraries

Exhibits at the University of Oregon Libraries

The exhibits program of the University of Oregon Libraries is a valuable means of promoting the educational mission of the libraries and its relationship with the academic community.

The goals of the exhibit program are

  • to highlight the strengths and diversity of the library's collections
  • to promote library programs and campus events
  • to acknowledge gifts and to encourage giving
  • to celebrate library and university milestones and accomplishments

Current Exhibits:

Rajneeshpuram: Miracle or Mirage in Oregon's High Desert?


An exhibit in Knight Library takes a multifaceted look at the controversial City of Rajneeshpuram, an intentional community established in 1981 by a group of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh near the small town of Antelope in central Oregon.

Relations between the leadership at Rajneeshpuram and local and state officials were strained from the beginning. But by 1984, the controversy peaked when Ma Anand Sheela, Rajneesh’s secretary and de facto leader of Rajneeshpuram, and other commune members were caught up in numerous legal battles, including a lawsuit filed by then-Oregon attorney general and UO president emeritus Dave Frohnmayer. Ma Sheela and her associates soon were conspiring to harm federal, state, and local officials, as well as some of their own commune members who took positions against them.

In 1985, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and Ma Anand Sheela fled Oregon to escape prosecution, and the commune collapsed.

“Rajneeshpuram: Miracle or Mirage in Oregon’s High Desert” tells the story of the communal experiment through numerous documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Rajneesh Artifacts and Ephemera Collection held in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives.

One of Rajneesh’s robes, a diamond-studded watch, and a mala—a pendant with Rajneesh’s photo worn by his followers—are part of the exhibit. Anti-Rajneesh items produced by local residents are also included—a bullet mala, t-shirts with anti-Rajneesh messages, and more.

The exhibit in the east and west entryway corridors of Knight Library continues through June 2014. Visit http://library.uoregon.edu/hours/knight/month for viewing hours.

Untold Stories: Black History at the University of Oregon

URA Exhibit

In honor of Black History Month, the Knight Library is hosting an exhibit highlighting historic events and student life at the University of Oregon. These often untold stories represent the determination and strength of black students at the university who persevered under often difficult circumstances. The exhibit details important “firsts” on campus, including the first black employee, student, and athlete, as well as events during the civil rights era and the creation and activism of the Black Student Union. Also highlighted are a selection of books from the Knight Library circulating collection and Oregon Collection. The exhibit is the precursor to a larger exhibit under development for next year. 

The exhibit is co-sponsored by UO Libraries, Office of the Dean of Students, and the Center for Multicultural and Academic Excellence, Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.

Visit the exhibit, on display from February 10, 2014 through March 31, 2014, in the Knight Library display cases located in front of the Browsing Room.

Libricide: The Intentional Destruction of Books and Libraries



Libricide is the intentional destruction of books or libraries. Events of libricide have occurred throughout history and across all cultures. It has been used as a war tactic, a means for powerful regimes to maintain control, and a tool for extremists and revolutionaries. Book burning can be an act of contempt for a book's contents or its author, and the act is intended to draw wider public attention to this opinion. This exhibit illustrates some of the occurrences and reasoning of libricide from ancient civilizations to today. Learn more by visiting the exhibit in the Law Library, located inside the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibit runs through December 2013. For Law Library hours, visit http://library.uoregon.edu/hours/law/month.




Erich Mendelsohn: The Oregon Sketches

AAA Exhibit


"Erich Mendelsohn: The Oregon Sketches" is now on display in A&AA Library, April-June 2014. In January 1953, architect Erich Mendelsohn lectured at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts and left as a gift a dozen sketches that he made during his visit. This is the first time these rare drawings have been exhibited.


Library Exhibits Liaison