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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:

Coming Soon... OIMB: Research and Learning at the Ocean's EdgeOIMB exhibit poster















Time's PencilTime's Pencil exhibit poster

Shakespeare after the Folio


Special Collections and University Archives (Knight Library, second floor North)
January 6-March 28, 2016

In Sonnet 16, Shakespeare writes of “Time’s pencil,” the passage of time that changes even a beloved person, seeming to depict him differently physically and in memory as the years pass.

This installation in Knight Library is a companion to the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7. The materials in Time’s Pencil show what happened after the First Folio’s publication in 1623. They offer orientation about Shakespeare’s writing methods and then survey the many shapes his work has taken for readers and audiences with the passing of time.

Perhaps no other author has influenced the world as Shakespeare has. Yet what seems like the influence of a single writer also reflects the cultures that responded to Shakespeare. From the playwrights who adapted his plays to best please their own audiences, to the editors who offered countless versions of his “true” writings, to the many new stories told about Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s readers have recreated the author in myriad ways.

In his Sonnets, Shakespeare treats Time as a kind of rival poet; the Time's Pencil exhibit looks at some of the stories that poet has told about Shakespeare.

Curated by Lara Bovilsky, Associate Professor of English
Assisted by Bruce Tabb, Special Collections Librarian

Supported by the Kingsley Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Fund in the Department of English and the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

(Additional volumes from the UO Libraries' rare books collection--including Shakespeare's Second and Fourth Folios and the first edition of the works of playwright Ben Jonson--will be on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 6-February 7, supplementing the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare LibraryAdmission to the museum is FREE throughout this event.)

Crossing Borders: Women's Stories of Immigration, Migration, and TransitionCrossing Borders

An exhibit previewing the 5th Annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

This exhibit showcases the lives and creative work of the panelists and workshop leaders participating in this year's Northwest Women Writers Symposium, organized around the theme "Crossing Borders: Women's Stories of Immigration, Migration, and Transition."

How have our migrations and moves contributed to or instigated our writings? What do we move away from, and what do we go toward? What are the historical, political, and personal currents that influence our transitions—from one country to another, from one state to another, from city to country, from mountains to sea, from one marriage or partnership to another, from one career to another, from one self-view to another? “Crossing Borders” is a multi-layered theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, challenges of survival, making room for others, and community.

The fifth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, through Sunday, May 8, 2016. American Book Award winner Reyna Grande is the keynote author. For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the CSWS website. 


The Rights, Rules & Rides of Oregon

September 2015 - March 2016

John E. Jaqua Law Library
William W. Knight Law Center (1515 Agate Street), 2nd floor
From Portland’s bike artisans to its cycling mayors like Bud Clark and Sam Adams, Oregon boasts a vibrant bike culture. Oregon bicyclists have actively lobbied against auto-centric transportation laws since the 1970s. In 1971, the Oregon legislature passed the Oregon Bicycle Bill (ORS 366.514), but the statute was not fully enforced until the Oregon Transportation Alliance brought suit against Portland in 1995.
This exhibit focuses on Oregon’s bike culture and the bicycle laws and policies that allow it to thrive. 
For Law Library hours, visit


Cuts, Snarls, Snags, and the Black HoleCuts, Snarls, Snags by Carol Prusa

An exhibit in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library

The exhibition highlights books in the collection that were created using hair, a rich material with a complex history relating to many aspects of identity, family, gender, and social structure. The examples in this exhibition cover topics related to racism, the mundane, and the complicated relationships we have with our own hair.

In addition, the exhibit includes a variety of items that demonstrate a range of creative approaches to book arts construction and concept around a secondary theme, body. Examples make use of a variety of materials, and topics include illness, beauty, and surveillance.

The A&AA Library is itself an ongoing exhibit with art, models, and other artifacts filling its spaces. For library hours, see here.

The artists’ books collection is available for research. Use our online database in Oregon Digital to access images, and make an appointment with the librarian ( to see the collection in person.

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Created by amandag on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Apr 4, 2016
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