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Rare Book Cataloging: A Policy Review

by Tim Johnson, Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Much of what we do happens...
Lisa Von Drasek

Von Drasek named to 2017 Caldecott Committee

Lisa Von Drasek has been named to the committee that will decide the winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal, named in honor of illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

Donor Profile: Mary Lou Fellows

Mary Lou Fellows’s scholarly interests made it an easy decision, after she retired from the University of Minnesota Law School, to volunteer time with the University’s Friends of the Libraries.
Members of Vital Aging Network

Showing Off

The University Libraries’ deep roster of curators and archivists open windows to wonders through exhibitions, speeches, and events both on and off campus. They aim to expose people of all ages to what lies inside the University’s massive archive to pique their curiosity and love of learning, and to let them know that it all belongs to them.

On the Road Again…with Minnesota Maps

It is vacation time. Time to load up the car and head out on the road. Before you go--take a moment to explore some...

After the Curtain Falls

Much of the state’s rich cultural legacy is being preserved in the University’s Performing Arts Archives. Today it holds more than 100 collections, some dating from the 19th century.
Bee Vue

Celebrating Immigrant Stories

The Immigration History Research Center and Archives has a wealth of community partnerships that further the University’s research, learning, and outreach missions – while building on the Libraries’ impressive archival collections, which are available to and used by researchers, scholars, and historians around the world.
“Class working on the rocks near the Minnesota Seaside Station buildings at low tide.”

The Power of Digital

The University Libraries has the expertise and equipment needed to carry out all aspects of a digitization project. Funded by successful grant applications, various units within the Libraries have embarked upon digitization projects that facilitate research and enrich the community, both locally and globally.

Discover computing history at the U’s Babbage Institute

Minnesota was put on the map for its innovative technology by one-time giants like Control Data and Engineering Research Associates of Remington Rand. While those companies are now but a memory, their histories are preserved in the archives of the Charles Babbage Institute.

Who the heck is Walter?

You spend your evenings there. You consume truly staggering amounts of caffeine within its walls. You probably spend more time looking at the ceiling than doing problem sets (if we're being honest). Walter Library is a home away from home for a lot of Gophers, but who was Walter, and why did he get a building named after him?

Givens Collection on display in Hennepin Gallery

The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature of the University of Minnesota Libraries honors Black History Month with an exhibit from February 2 to 25 in the Hennepin Gallery, located in the lower level of the Hennepin County Government Center.

Sally Wingert’s bad hair day

Sally Wingert visited our caverns recently, searching the Guthrie archives to learn how to wear her hair to play Gertrude in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet." She found what she was looking for — a costume bible from the Guthrie's 1963 production, starring Jessica Tandy.

Finals Week Hours and Stressbuster Activities

The University Libraries will offer "distraction-free" studying for finals that includes extended hours in our buildings, as well as stress-reducing activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, get help when you need it, and take a break with our awesome activities.

Tools for saving collections in case of emergency

In early September the Libraries participated in two days of exercises designed around collection damage assessment and salvage.

Summer reading recommendations from our librarians

Our librarians provide recommendations on good reads for the summer, in this episode of "Read This Book!" from the University of Minnesota Libraries.