Current and upcoming exhibitions and events sponsored by the Rare Book Collection

MAY 23, 2019–SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

Uses of Books: Early Modern Readers Revealed

Wilson Library, Melba Remig Saltarelli Gallery

Books lead diverse lives, shaped by the people who own and use them.  From the thoughtful notes of a scholar to the playful doodles of a lay reader, our modifications to books reflect the ways we interact with them. This exhibition presents a sample of books that have preserved remnants of their readers’ thoughts, ideas, and creative energies.

Uses of Books flyer



Incubator Awards Showcase

Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Student artists who received Incubator Awards from the University Libraries will display and discuss their work. The Incubator Award encourages students to use historical and rare materials from Carolina’s libraries toward projects in the arts.

Incubator Awards Showcase flyer


Using Books: A Hands-on Rare Book Workshop for Curious Readers

Wilson Library, Room 504

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Experience rare books from the Wilson Special Collections Library and preview the summer exhibition in this hands-on workshop led by students. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to connect with the readers of early modern books.

Using Books Workshop Flyer


Recent Acquisitions Evening

Wilson Library, Fearrington Reading Room

5:30-7:30 p.m.

During this open-house event, Library staff members will guide you in an up-close experience with rare and one-of-a-kind items from the North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection and University Archives.

Recent Acquisitions promo


Incubator Awards Informational Open House

Wilson Library, Room 504

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us for the Incubator Awards Open House to browse special materials from the libraries, discuss your interests and potential project, and learn more about the 2018/2019 Incubator Awards and how to apply. This will be a drop-in, informal event.

Incubator Awards Flier

SEPTEMBER 4, 2018–JANUARY 6, 2019

Histories of the World: Global History in the Age of Discovery

Wilson Library, Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room

Drawing on the Rare Book Collection and North Carolina Collection, the Histories of the World: Global History in the Age of Discovery exhibition explores the genre of historical scholarship from the late-fifteenth century through the mid-seventeenth century, a transformative time in Europe’s conception of the global past.

Histories of the World Poster