The University of Michigan Library regularly presents highlights of unique collections in online exhibits and galleries across campus.

The Library also collaborates with the U-M community, as well as local and national artists, programs and organizations, to host exhibits. If you are interested in collaborating on an exhibit, please contact us at mlibrary-exhibits@umich.edu.

Featured Online Exhibits

Artist Books from the Women's Studio Workshop
Artist Books from the Women's Studio Workshop
Sara DeWaay. Sara is a University Library Associate at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library. She is also a student in the University of Michigan School of Information where she is dual specializing in Archives & Records Management and Library & Information Science.

This online exhibition is a gathering place for collections of artists' books from the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library (AAEL) Special Collections. The artists' books exhibitions are created to provide users with alternative ways to experience the artists' books collection as well as to...

American Foodways: The Jewish Contribution
American Foodways: The Jewish Contribution
Avery Robinson

This exhibition highlights the Jewish contributions to and experience in American culinary history. Using material from the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive (University of Michigan Library, Special Collections Library), this exhibit is a window into one...

Leonard B. Willeke Postcards
Leonard B. Willeke Postcards
Kai Alexis Smith, Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 2013

The postcard was initially marketed as a convenient and inexpensive alternative to a telegram or letter, as it required neither extensive writing nor paper and envelope.  While early cameras were too cumbersome for every traveler and too new to be affordable, travelers could easily purchase a postcard or two.

The World Columbian Exhibition of 1893 in Chicago was a watershed moment...

Language Comes after Artist:  A Selection of Books by Lynne Avadenka
Language Comes after Artist: A Selection of Books by Lynne Avadenka
Peggy Daub, Outreach Librarian & Curator, Special Collections Library

Detroit artist Lynne Avadenka has produced small-run, fine press books at her own Land Marks Press for 25 years. The books shown here are a selection of her work and celebrate her skill in merging the visual and textual. All make use of fine paper, binding and printing, and the author is Avadenka herself unless otherwise noted. They are available for viewing at the Special Collections Library...

Michigan's LGBT Heritage
Michigan's LGBT Heritage
Beth Strickland, Women's Studies & LGBTQ Studies Librarian

Welcome to the Michigan's LGBT Heritage exhibit. In this exhibit you will learn about a number of places, people, and events which have contributed to over 100 years of LGBT activism and visibility all across the state of Michigan. 

The images and information presented here are based on a physical exhibit which was displayed in the University of Michigan's Harlan Hatcher Graduate...