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

What Makes a Home
What Makes a Home
Alex Purcell, University Library Associate at AAEL.

The University of Michigan AAEL Special Collections presents a new exhibit for the Fall 2014 semester: What Makes a Home. This exhibit highlights artists' books in the collection that utilize the themes of family and home.

What Makes a Home also has a physical counterpart,...

Michigan's Story:  The History of Race at U-M
Michigan's Story: The History of Race at U-M
University Library MLK Planning Committee

This exhibit is the online counterpart of the University of Michigan Library's exhibit for the 2014 Martin Luther King Symposium, displayed in the Hatcher Library Gallery in January and February 2014.

The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema
The Many Hats of Robert Altman: A Life in Cinema
Matthew Solomon, Professor of Screen Arts & Cultures and the students of Screen Arts & Cultures 330 Winter 2013, Peggy Daub, Librarian Emerita Special Collections Library, Phil Hallman, Screen Arts & Cultures Librarian and Melissa Gomis, Instructional Technology Librarian

The Robert Altman Archive was acquired by the University of Michigan Library from the Robert Altman estate in early 2008.  It contains all the working documents and objects created in the various offices, shooting locations, and soundstages on which Robert Altman worked during his career and totals approximately 1,000 linear feet. 


Puzzle Me This
Puzzle Me This
Julia Miller, Guest Curator

The motivation for this exhibit of early binding fragments in the University of Michigan Papyrology Collection was the completion of a long-held wish on my part. The wish was to determine what might be found in the way of binding fragments in a fascinatingly diverse collection of materials with which I was once...

Smallpox Eradication in India, 1972-1977
Smallpox Eradication in India, 1972-1977
Nadia J. Lalla, Assistant Director, Collections and Information Services, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, and Marie Boissière, intern, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques (France)

“The rapid eradication of smallpox from the place that was for many years the world’s principal endemic focus of the disease [i.e., India] has been singled out as one of the great victories in the history of public health: only twelve months separated a peak of more than 8,000 infected villages in May, 1974, and 188,000 cases in that year, from the last indigenous case in May, 1975. ...