Welcome to the library, parents! The library exhibits a variety of interesting material, and our displays are always changing. We invite you to wander through our buildings and suggest viewing the following exhibits and spaces.
When you walk up the stairs from the Diag, you enter the North Lobby of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Here you can view the exhibit Mi Reflejo: Latinx Identity in the Arts. Through a variety of works of art, from literature to comics to paintings, this exhibit showcases experiences and images that reflect the diversity of Latinx identity.
In the Audubon Room, within the Gallery on the main floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, you’ll find part of the exhibit Unique Perspectives: Maps from Tokugawa & Meiji Japan. This exhibit of Japanese maps produced during the Tokugawa and Meiji eras (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), includes maps of the world, Japan, and cities including Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto. A major loan from the collection of Barry MacLean, Lake Forest, Illinois, forms the core of the exhibit, supplemented with works on loan from the Robert B. Hall Collection illustrating the Tokaido road, and selected maps from the Stephen S. Clark Library collection. The exhibit continues on the second floor, in the Stephen S. Clark Library.
The Special Collections Research Center, on the sixth floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library, is displaying the exhibit David Cope: Player of Invisible Keys. This exhibit celebrates the work of Michigan poet David Cope, once described by Allen Ginsberg as one of the "leading lights of the next generation." This exhibit draws on drafts, proofs, and other documents from Cope's archive to offer a glimpse into his poetic and editorial process. This exhibit is available during Special Collections Research Center hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Spaces to See
There are some areas of the library that are not displaying items from Library collections, but are still worth seeing.
The first of these is the Reference Reading Room on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library—it is a must-see. It's one of the most stunning interior spaces that the University of Michigan has to offer, with its stained glass windows, its barrel-vaulted, coffered ceiling, and two impressive murals that mark both its ends. The murals were painted for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 by Detroit-born artist Gari Melchers and bear the names The Arts of Peace (west end) and The Arts of War (east end). They were acquired by President James B. Angell in 1895 and (after several moves) were installed in the Hatcher Reference Room upon its completion in 1920; in fact, the barrel vault of the ceiling of the room was designed specifically to accommodate the murals.
The first floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library holds the Design Lab, a space for collaboration and creation. In the lab, you can find resources like media production rooms, 3D printers, a letterpress, and more.
The Stephen S. Clark Library, on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library combines our map collection, government information center, and spatial and numeric data services.