Previous Exhibits

Illuminated Lifestyles: Food, Sport and Books in Medieval Life Exhibit @ Bartle Library


 Come and experience aristocratic life in the Middle Ages at the Bartle Library.  Illuminated Lifestyles: Food, Sport and Books in Medieval Life gives viewers a glimpse into the past through library resources and interactive technology. Selections from the extensive publishing history of Binghamton University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are featured.

The exhibit is located on the second floor mezzanine in the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

Experience the Facial Makeup of the Beijing (Peking) Opera


Developing over the centuries from masks, and gradually forming its own symbolic meanings, facial makeup is one of the most distinctive features of the Peking Opera. Through an exhibit of books from the Libraries’ own collection, visitors are provided a closer look at the facial makeup used to portray different opera characters.

From Aesop to Joachim : Medieval and the Early Modern Facsimiles of Special Collections


This exhibit highlights the Libraries’ collection of facsimiles of some of the most beautifully illustrated codices, scrolls and printed works from Europe and Asia. Many of these works, such as the Gutenberg Bible or the Book of Kells, are unattainable for most libraries, but facsimiles allow scholars to conduct their research, professors to teach and students to study such exquisite and unique works without having to travel long distances at a great cost of time and expensive.

Read more about the Ellesmere Chaucer, or Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales, facsimile.

From Aesop to Joachim exhibit is curated by Andrew Roache, BU ’15 and MA ’16, who is now a graduate student at Syracuse University in the MLIS program.

The exhibit will be on display until December 16, 2016.  It is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, and can be viewed 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

Windows in The Sea :  The Life and Work of Marion C. Link - Featuring the AR Magic Book

Marion C. Link exhibitVisit the second floor mezzanine of the Glenn G. Bartle Library and learn about Marion C. Link, author, journalist, philanthropist, and underwater archeological researcher. Marion C. Link was the wife of Edwin A. Link, a prominent inventor of the Link Flight Trainer and Underwater submersible technology.

The exhibit features primary documents from Special Collections covering multiple stages of Marion's life including family postcards, Marion's personal photography, her diary entries, college scrapbook, and various newspaper articles.

The Binghamton University Libraries developed Augmented Reality Magic Book bring these sources to life though a book visitors can browse through while hearing the voice talent of Professor Anne Brady of the Theater Department and Binghamton University Theater Major, Eric Berger.

The Binghamton University Libraries' Exhibits Committee would like to thank the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund of the Binghamton University Foundation for their generous support in funding The AR Magic Book Outreach Project.


The Science Library Presents Fossils Rock!

Come to the Science Library and dig up some fascinating books on fossils and discover what fossils can teach us, who the scientists behind fossil hunting are, and how you can look for your own right near Binghamton University!

The exhibit is located in the Science Library in the 1st floor Information Commons.


 Celebrate Inventors at Bartle Library

Edwin A. Link | Inventor

August’s Pop-Up Exhibit celebrates American inventors and their inventions. America is home to great inventors, such as Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone, and Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the Airplane. Binghamton University and surrounding community are home to many great (and future) inventors, including the local inventor Edwin A. Link.

Discover more about inventions with the Patents & Trademarks subject guide or reach out to the subject librarian Aleshia Huber at

Learn about Edwin A. Link and Marion Clayton Link Collections or reach out to Beth Kilmarx at

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

 Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

Park and Recreation Month

July’s Pop-Up Exhibit celebrates the 31st year of National Park and Recreation Month. There are 11 different parks in Broome County that offer a host of recreational opportunities, such as carousels, beaches and hiking trails. Binghamton University also is home to a 900 acre Nature Preserve – which is freely open to the community.

Discover more about this topic with the Environmental Studies, Geography and Map Resources Subject Guides. Or, reach out to subject librarian Stephanie Hess at (Environmental Studies, Maps) or Dave Vose at (Geography).

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

 May’s Pop-Up Exhibit Celebrates Jewish Heritage Month

The exhibit celebrates the 10th anniversary of Jewish American Heritage Month.

This celebration aims to highlight Jewish American achievements in the United States. To discover more about Judaic Studies, check out the Judaic Studies Subject Guide.

Judaic Studies Subject Librarian Ed Shephard at, 607-777-2493.

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

Photograph of the Jewish Fellowship Club from the 1950 yearbook from Binghamton University Archives.

Photograph of the Jewish Fellowship Club from the 1950 yearbook.

Photo from the Binghamton University Archives Photograph Collection at Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

 Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare in Special Collections : Selections from the Max Reinhardt Archives and the Rare Book Collections  |  Spring 2016

Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare in Special Collections

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Shakespeare has been regarded by many as one of the greatest writers in history. Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections is pleased to offer selections from the Max Reinhardt Archives and the Rare Books Collection to highlight some of Shakespeare's greatest works.

Max Reinhardt, the Austrian-born theater and film director, staged productions of many of Shakespeare's works including several different productions of his personal favorite, A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also produced a 1935 film of that work, one of Hollywood's costliest productions up to that time, starring James Cagney, Mickey Rooney and Olivia de Havilland.

The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, and can be viewed 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

 April’s Pop-Up Exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Bartle Library

The celebration aims to highlight the legacy and achievements of American poets and encourage people to read poems. Books on American poetry can be found in the PS stack ranges on the third floor of Bartle Library.

To learn more about poetry, check out this resource: English Subject Guide

English Subject Librarian: Bern Mulligan,, (607) 777-2196

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

 Celebrate Women’s History with the Binghamton University Libraries Pop-Up Exhibit | March 2016

Celebrate Women's History with the Binghamton University Libraries Pop-Up Exhibit

The libraries have introduced a monthly exhibit to highlight current events and make a small portion of our collection available for browsing. The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk at Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month next to the exhibit.

This month’s exhibit celebrates Women’s History Month. Since 1981, March is nationally recognized as a time to celebrate women’s history in the United States. Additionally, March 8th is celebrated globally as International Women's Day. To learn more about Women's History Month, and women's studies, check out these resources! Books on this subject can be found on the HQ range on the 3rd floor of the Bartle Library.

Women's Studies Subject Librarian:

Nancy Abashian, (607) 777-6356

Women's Studies Subject Guide

Women's History Month

 The Peking (Beijing) Opera Experience | Fall 2015

The Peking Opera exhibitCome and visit the Chinese Cultural Experience Center on the first floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library and view the book display currently featuring the illustrious 200 year history of the Peking (Beijing) Opera.

Also prominently featured is the life and work of Opera Grand Master Dr. Mei Lanfang, who was 21st century China's greatest female impersonator (nandan) in the Peking Opera.

Books featured in the exhibit are from the Binghamton University Libraries' collections, and feature exquisite photos of costumes and makeup. Also included is a program from Dr. Mei Lanfang's first American Tour from 1930. A brilliant exponent of traditional drama, yet reformer of his time, Dr. Mei Lanfang contributed more to twentieth-century Chinese opera, both domestically and internationally, than any other single person.

 Scientists throughout history | Spring 2015

Scientists Throughout History The Science Library is featuring "Scientists throughout History," a collection of biographies and autobiographies that span both time and scientific disciplines. From the early alchemists such as Anna Maria Ziegerlin, to doctors of the 20th century such as Dr. Margaret Chung – these individuals have made a positive impact on society. Scientists have shaped our understanding of the world around us, improved and saved lives, and pioneered discovery and success for others.


Come visit the Science Library to view just a sample of the books in our collection that document the lives of those who've made their mark in science.

 The Long and Short of it :  The Miniature Book Collection

The Miniature Book Collection ExhibitBy definition, a miniature book is one that measures 10 centimeters or less in height. The Libraries' Miniature Book Collection consists of 116 books that spans four centuries from 1605 to 1991. Due to their size, age and/or rarity, miniature books are housed in Special Collections.

Often made with the thinnest paper, and printed with the smallest type, this collection consists of elaborately decorated bindings, simple paper wrapped covers, and books with wooden boards. Books on a variety of topics can be found in the collection, a collection that is rich in prose, poetry, philosophy, and religious writings with titles ranging from the classics (La divinia commedia) to the obscure (Napoleon: poeme). Authors represented in miniature include the humanists, the humorous, and the politicians such as Petrarch, Charles Dickens, and George Washington.

The Miniature Book Collection exhibit is now on display in the Special Collections department of the Binghamton University Libraries.

 King of Slapstick:  mack sennett and his work

Mack Sennett

Producer and director Mack Sennett presided over a motley crew of comedic talent that included Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Billy Bevan, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops, who slid, slipped and slapped their way across American movie screens. He was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy and film and was once dubbed “The King of Comedy.” Sennett's brand of crude slapstick humor proved to be highly popular with audiences and helped him become one of the most powerful men of early Hollywood. Sennett set up his famed Keystone Studios in 1912 and began cranking out one- and two-reel shorts by the hundreds. Among the pratfalls, chases, character stereotypes and pantomime, Sennett set the tone in Hollywood's early days and created the ground rules for American screen comedy that were to follow.

This exhibit features information about Mack Sennett’s work as well as stills from his movies taken from the John K. McLaughlin Collection of Popular Culture. The exhibit is located just outside of Special Collections in the North Reading Room (second floor) of the Glenn Bartle Library.

 Make it happen : celebrating  international women's day | Spring 2015

International Women's Day - Make It Happen

The Glenn G. Bartle Library celebrates International Women's Day with "Make it Happen," an exhibit featuring books, posters, and Binghamton University campus activities that promote women's equality.

International Women's Day activities of the Binghamton University Globalistas are highlighted, along with the history of International Women's Day as an international endeavor. Posters from China featuring the event, which was made a national holiday, are also included. Numerous books on the topic of women's studies written by Binghamton University faculty are displayed, along with feminist campus publications such as "Hera."

This exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

 A View into Residence Hall Life at Binghamton University

Dorm Exhibit

This exhibit explores the history of the residential communities and their unique traditions, events and activities. The exhibit is located in the Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives Department of Bartle Library and will be on display through the Fall semester. For additional information about the exhibit please contact the University Archivist at 777-6459 or

 Bartle Library: Inspired by Nature | Fall 2014

Inspired by Nature

Nature has been the inspiration of many great works of art, literature, and poetry. Come to Binghamton University's Glenn G. Bartle Library and view some of these items on display. Featured is the nature photography of Binghamton University alumnus, Matthew A. Kull.  This collection of beautiful full-color images is composed of scenes captured at the Binghamton University Nature Preserve. Other works on display include book selections from the Bartle Library collections on art, poetry, and literature that feature nature as the theme. This Fall 2014 exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.


 Science Library: The Art within Science | Fall 2014

Art within Science

The skilled artist’s hand has created works to both study and record scientific discovery and research for hundreds of years. This exhibit showcases the roles that visuals play in science, and celebrates the artistic merit of this imagery. Come and view scientist biographies in graphic novel format, stunning botanical illustrations, microphotography that could pass as abstract expressionist paintings, lush nature photography, and more. The exhibit is on the first floor of the Science Library, in the Information Commons.




 Mapping the Stars: Maps of Outer Space at the Science Library | Spring 2014

Science Library Map poster

Come visit the Science Library and view Mapping the Stars. This exhibit features a comparison of sky atlas images through the ages, old and modern methods of stellar and solar system cartography, current exploration of Mars and the Moon, and maps you can use to discover the features of the night sky for yourself.

This exhibit will be on display during the Spring 2014 semester at the Science Library.





 Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction | Spring 2014

Bartle Library Map poster

Many of us were introduced to maps from the books we read as children. Fantasy worlds, Milne's Winnie the Pooh or Tolkien's Hobbit, visually chronicle protagonists' adventures through detailed maps of expansive mountain ranges, over oceans, or just of the backyard. Maps are not exclusive to children's books, fantasy, or science fiction novels, however. Many modern novels, such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, include maps that are either based loosely on Earth's cartography, or that resemble a town or land which the novel parallels. These maps serve not only as guides, as a conventional map would serve, but as an additional narrative element that gives us a deeper breadth and depth of understanding. A character's inward journey is shaped by their physical one, and vice-versa.

The Spring 2014 exhibit Fantastic Voyages: Maps and Cartography in Fiction will be on view in the second floor of Bartle Library beginning in February 2014.


Tilly Losch

Tilly Losch was born in 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Tilly begin her career in dancing at the age of 15, dancing in the Vienna Ballet and at Burgtheater, until meeting Max Reinhardt in 1927 and Corky B. Cochran soon after, who helped expand her dancing and choreography to productions in the United States and Europe. Tilly danced with Fred Astaire on Broadway, and gained minor roles in films after moving to Hollywood, including The Garden of Allah (1936), The Good Earth (1937), and A Duel in the Sun (1946). In her time recovering from tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Switzerland, Tilly learned to paint, and was fairly successful in her art career, with many gallery showings and even having one painting being purchased by the Tate museum in London. Tilly was married twice; her second marriage was to Lord Henry George Alfred Marius Victor Herbert, the sixth earl of Carnarvon and owner of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), more affectionately known as "Porchey." They divorced in 1947, though remained amicable and in close contact for the next three decades. Shortly before her death in 1975, Tilly Losch donated her papers and paintings to the Binghamton University Libraries as it also houses the Max Reinhardt Archives. The collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as legal documents, banking records, personal memorabilia, diaries, press clippings, photographic portraits, and publicity photos. The Tilly Losch Collection also includes a large number of loose sketches, sketchbooks, and over 500 of her paintings.

This exhibit includes personal memorabilia of Tilly Losch, including various pieces of correspondence and photographs, as well as several of her paintings and sketchbooks. Some of her notable acquaintances include Fred and Adele Astaire, Cecil Beaton, Marlon Brando, Winston Churchill, Cole Porter, and Orson Welles. The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library, and can be viewed 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday throughout the summer.

 Kenneth C. Lindsay: Binghamton University's Own Monuments Man

Monuments men

If you go to see The Monuments Men, the new film starring George Clooney , it may interest you to know that Binghamton University had its very own Monuments Man, the late Professor Kenneth C. Lindsay, founder of the Department of Art and Art History at Binghamton. Kenneth Lindsay arrived at Harpur College in 1951, but he did important work well before his arrival at Binghamton University. As a Monuments Man, he worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, the Monuments Men tracked, located, and in the years that followed, returned more than five million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis.

The Kenneth C. Lindsay exhibition is on view now outside of Special Collections, second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Learn more about Linsday's time as a Monuments Man on the Special Collections Blog.

 You are here: Exploring the Southern Tier of NY with Special Collections

You Are Here PosterUsing maps, books and artifacts from Local History collections,

Special Collections takes the visitor on a journey around the Southern Tier. Highlighted are manufacturing, industry and cultural landmarks. You Are Here will be on display throughout the Spring 2014 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

 East Asian Gifts: Selections from Special Collections | Fall 2013

East Asian Gifts poster

This exhibit features various gifts to Binghamton University and is a tribute to the generosity of our donors. Featured are works of calligraphy, scrolls, woodblock prints, and books.

East Asian Gifts will be on display throughout the Fall 2013 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

 The Story of the Stone: East Asian Gardens at Binghamton University Libraries | Fall 2013

Story of the Stone poster

The gardens of Japan, China, and Korea have been admired as aesthetic marvels, botanical wonders, and architectural feats, displaying the wealth of private citizens, and beautifying the holy grounds of temples. On display at Bartle Library are East Asian Garden books and materials from the Libraries' collections. This exhibit is in honor of the 49th annual meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) here at Binghamton.

This exhibit runs through the Fall 2013 semester on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

 Aviation at the Science Library | Fall 2013

Aviation Poster

Discover the rich early history of Aviation through books and materials from the Science Library and Special Collections.  The exhibit focuses on early innovations and public perceptions of flight; the impact of female and African-American aviators on overcoming gender and racial barriers; and the influence of Edwin A. Link Jr. and Marion C. Link who had tremendous impact on training and flight simulation and donated thousands of items to Special Collections.

The exhibit runs through the Fall 2013 semester in the Information Commons of the Science Library.

 Let's All Go to the Lobby: Lobby Cards in Binghamton University Libraries' Special Collections | Summer 2013

Lobby Cards in Special Collections

Lobby cards, were used to advertise a film, and were similar to posters but smaller, usually 11 in × 14 in. Lobby cards made their first appearance in the early 1910s but are generally no longer used in U.S. theaters and rarely produced for today's films. As the name suggests, these small posters were designed for display in a theater's lobby with the intention of luring patrons into the theater by showing glimpses of key scenes from the movie.

Let's All Go to the Lobby displays a number of lobby cards from Binghamton University Libraries' Special Collections. Graphic and colorful, this collection represents a wide variety of film genres. The exhibit provides a fascinating sample of lobby cards from the collection.

The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Bartle Library and will be on display through the Summer. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

 Films Strike a Pose! The Bartle Library Cinema Collection | Summer 2013

Bartle Film poster

Binghamton University's cinema collection includes books, magazines and journals, DVDs, and yes, films. The history, theory, criticism, cinematography, and social and artistic impact of popular, documentary, and experimental films are explored in depth in the collection. DVD and VHS titles can be checked out at the Newcomb Reading Room Circulation Desk.

The cinema holdings have been greatly enhanced by several donations of Allan Rogg, a New York based private collector and bibliographer, to the Libraries starting in 2006. His gifts include over 9,000 monographs spanning over one hundred years (1893-2010). Most of the Allan Rogg Collection of Modern Cinema can be found in the Fine Arts Library Stacks. However, several limited editions and unique and fragile items are housed in Special Collections.

The Summer 2013 exhibition is in the Glenn G. Bartle Library on the second floor cases off the main stairway.

 Math Made Forms: An exploration of Mathematical Models | Summer 2013

Mathmade Forms Poster

Come to the Science Library and see for yourself how math can be visualized through knitting, crochet, and origami. Mathematical models take three dimensional shape in the exhibit Math Made Forms: An Exploration of Mathematical Models. On display are various models depicting hyperbolic space and polyhedra. These models are handcrafted by Binghamton University Libraries' faculty and staff. Also featured are books and resources to help you learn more about these fascinating geometric shapes, as well as how to make your own.


The exhibit runs from June 11th - September 3rd, 2013. The exhibit is located in the display cases in the Science Library Information Commons.

 Love & Sex In The Decameron | Spring 2013

Decameron Poster

To escape the Black Death ravaging  Florence, ten young people - seven women and three men - flee to the countryside where, to pass the time, each tells one tale per night for ten days. These one hundred novellas form The Decameron (ca. 1350-3) by Giovanni Boccaccio. The Decameron weaves a kaleidoscopic web of stories of love, vice, deception, wit, and tragedy; of lusty monks, traveling merchants, adulterous wives, lovesick suitors, and jealous lovers. The tales, meant to both instruct and delight, display Giovanni Boccaccio's passion for a tale well told.

This Library exhibit features reproductions from Boccaccio titles in Special Collections, books from the Bartle Library stacks, and images from our Digital Image Collections relating to the themes of "Love and Sex" illustrated in the Decameron. Visit the exhibition Love and Sex in the Decameron on the second floor of the Bartle Library, Jan 28th through Summer 2013.

This exhibition is in support of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Spring Conference Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, April 26-27, 2013.

 Boccaccio's Plague and the Black Death | Spring 2013

Plague Poster

While you spend the semester avoiding the flu, come to the Science Library to read about the Plague! View our Boccaccio's Plague exhibit to learn about an illness so devastating it was termed "The Black Death." As a tribute to the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference in April, the Science Library views the plague through Boccaccio's The Decameron written in the mid-14th century in Italy. When did the plague break out? How far did it spread? What effect did it have on Religion? And what medical techniques were used to treat the stricken? Various texts answer these question and more, and will be on display from January 28 through May 19th.

This exhibition is in support of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Spring Conference Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts, April 26-27, 2013.


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