Public Events, Exhibits, and Collections

Public Events, Exhibits, and Collections

The UO Libraries serves the public with research collections, free lectures, and events. Watch for the latest listings here or visit Library News for more information.

Edible Book Festival poster

Public Lectures and Events

Winter Term 2015

Edible Book Festival 2015

Popular event returns to Knight Library

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Knight Library Browsing Room

There’ll be a delectable selection on display in Knight Library’s Browsing Room when the University of Oregon Libraries' Edible Book Festival returns on Wednesday, April 1.

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to enter their book-themed culinary creations by bringing them to the Browsing Room between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The rules are simple: Entries should be made from consumable components and reflect the concept of “the book” through the use of text, form, or literary inspiration.

Power/Freedom on the Dark Web: A Digital Ethnography - Talk by Robert W. Gehl

February 27, 4:00 p.m.
Knight Library room 41

Robert W. Gehl, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah, will present on The Dark Web Social Network (DWSN), a social networking site only accessible to Web browsers equipped with The Onion Router. This talk will explore the DWSN as an experiment in power/freedom, an attempt to simultaneously trace, deploy, and overcome the historical conditions in which it finds itself.

Goodbye Broadway, Hello France: Songs from the Era of WWI - Concert featuring students from the UO School of Music & Dance

January 27, 6:00 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

To mark the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, students from the UO School of Music and Dance will present a concert of period songs chosen from the UO Libraries' Historic Sheet Music Collection. The event will also feature brief historical remarks by Alex Dracobly of the Department of History.

Archived Events


Archived Streamed Events (UO and Library Events)

Streaming Media




Dissent and Defiance exhibit poster








law exhibit






men riding horses




Currently on Display

Knight Library

Apparatus By Craig Hickman

An exhibit located in Knight Library, first floor.

According to The Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, “The applicant for a patent will be required by law to furnish a drawing of the invention whenever the nature of the case requires a drawing to understand the invention.”

Pulling from the pages of the UO Libraries’ extensive collection of Patent Office Gazettes, Craig Hickman, professor of digital arts with the UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has assembled this exhibit of weird, wonderful, esoteric, and oddly inspired object illustrations. Dating from the early 20th century to the heart of the Space Age, the inventions depicted are at once clever and bizarre, offering a historic perspective on American ingenuity at its most offbeat extremes.

For more on Apparatus—including many additional pictures and technical information on how they were edited and processed for clarity—visit Craig Hickman’s website,

Goodbye Broadway. Hello France

Goodbye Broadway. Hello France is on display in the exhibit cases on the first floor of Knight Library near the Browsing Room, continuing in Music Services on the third floor. This exhibit features World War I songs from UO Libraries’ Historic Sheet Music Collection.

Dissent and Defiance: Pacifists, Student Protesters, and Advocates for Economic Justice

Located in Special Collections and University Archives, Paulson Reading Room, this exhibit explores the legacy of political and social resistance on the UO campus and around the state of Oregon. Areas of focus include conscientious objectors at the CPS Camp #56 on the Oregon coast during World War II, student protests against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the Occupy Eugene Movement that began in 2011 and continues to the present day. The stories are told through selected items from the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives: photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, rare mimeographed magazines, and assorted objects.

John E. Jaqua Law Library

Information Revolution - Evolution - Devolution

In recent decades, Information Communications Technology (ICT) has brought about profound technological, economic, political, and cultural change. More information is available now to more people than at any time in history. As access to information has become dependent on wealth and skills, the gap between the rich and poor has widened. ICT has also allowed governments and businesses to collect and manipulate an unprecedented volume of information on individuals, raising serious concerns about privacy. This exhibit will explore some of these issues, and examine how librarians and others try to overcome the many barriers to provide meaningful access to information for everyone.  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 November 2015. For Law Library hours, visit

Architecture & Allied Arts (AAA) Library

Constance Fowler: The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon

On exhibit during winter term in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library are original wood engravings by Constance E. Fowler which were created as part of her MFA terminal project, The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon. The project, completed in 1940, features twenty prints depicting historic sites in the Willamette Valley. Each print is accompanied by a commentary about the scene depicted. The project was published by Dogwood Press, Seattle, in 1940, and later reprinted. Find out more

Oregon Folklife Network

Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) presents its new exhibit Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon. This exhibit celebrates the continuity of occupational traditions in rural Oregon and encourages audience understanding and appreciation of art forms arising from ranching practices. The display includes examples of vaquero and buckaroo traditions and field photography from the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon enabled OFN’s contracted fieldworkers Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma to document working buckaroos and gear makers in Harney, Malheur, and Lake Counties. Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon is currently on view outside OFN’s office (Room 242) on the second floor of Knight Library near the South Reading Room. 

Visit the exhibit’s educational web portal here:

For more information on OFN, visit

Photo courtesy of Douglas Manger

Archived Exhibits




General Collections
Special Collections and University Archives
Digital Collections

Oregon residents 16 years of age or older may apply for general collection borrowing privileges with the Oregon Card program. 

image: interior of Steinway piano in Knight Library

Musical Resources and Concerts

Listen anytime using resources in the Douglass Listening Room.

Good-bye Broadway, Hello France
Songs from the Era of World War I

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6 p.m., Browsing Room, Knight Library
Light refreshments served
Free admission

Co-sponsored by UO Libraries, the School of Music and Dance and the UO Department of History, this concert will feature UO student performers and will include brief historical remarks by Alex Dracobly, of the UO Department of History. An accompanying exhibit in the Knight Library lobby and Music Services area will feature World War I songs from UO Libraries’ Historic Sheet Music Collection.

Archived Music Events and Exhibits
insight seminars

UO Insight Seminars

Insight Seminars are designed for adults who want to improve their reading and thinking habits by studying great books and important ideas. The non-credit courses are ungraded and require no homework beyond the reading of texts. Register online at

Seminars meet in the Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street, UO campus.

*A Taste of Italian Renaissance Villas
Monday, January 5, 7 p.m.
Free introductory lecture
No registration required

The Italian Renaissance Villa, with James Harper (Department of History of Art and Architecture)
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon, January 10, 17, 24, and 31
$99 registration fee

*A Taste of the History and Art of the Book
Monday, February 2, 7 p.m.
Free introductory lecture
No registration required

The History and Art of the Book, with James Fox and Marilyn Reaves (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon, February 7, 14, 21, and 28
$99 registration fee

Ethnic America after the Gold Rush: The Chinese Immigrants, with Kevin Hatfield (Department of History)
Saturday, March 7, 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
$45 registration fee, half-day seminar

Archived UO Insight Seminars


Community Group Tours

Tours are available for groups interested in the design and activities of a large university library. Contact library staff for further information.


Virtual Tours of Knight Library Available in Chinese and Japanese

Two UO librarians, Kevin McDowell, Japanese Studies Librarian, and Xiaotong Wang, Chinese Studies Specialist, have developed virtual tours of Knight Library for Japanese and Chinese speakers. The virtual tours can be viewed online on the UO Channel. The Japanese version is at The Chinese version is at


Created by bonamici on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Mar 26, 2015