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interior display cases in the library

Library Display Cases

Library display cases inside the library are designed to exhibit library collections, events, and themes related to library programming. Two of the standing display cases on the first floor are open so that visitors can easily browse the materials on display and choose items for checkout. The concourse display case outside the Kathryn A. Martin Library is available to campus and nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations at the discretion of the Library Director and the Library Communication & Events team. This case has a prominent location near the entrance to the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

If you are interested in doing a display, please see display case guidelines and the display case request form.

In the Concourse

Commission on Disabilities - Disability Awareness Month 

The mission of the UMD Commission on Disabilities is to advocate for meaningful access and inclusiveness across campus for all people; to promote educational awareness of both visible and invisible disabilities;  and to assure legal compliance with all regulations in the area of equity for individuals with disabilities.

Disability Awareness month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. 

First Floor Interior Displays

Game Night at the Library - Check out our Games

The Library, in partnership with Kirby Student Center, Kirby Program Board, and UMD Housing and Resident Life, will host a free board game night on Friday, 22nd from 6-9 p.m. Come play an old favorite or learn a brand new game!

Listening Project

The Kathryn A. Martin Library has been exploring the idea of understanding and empathy with the "Listening Project." On Wednesday, March 20 we welcome Dr. Elizabeth Parks to campus for a discussion on "Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue."   On April 16 at noon, we will host "Superior Shorts," short stories chosen by library staff and read aloud by local actors.  In addition to these two wonderful events in March and April, we have created a collection titles about listening, compassion and empathy.

Women's History Month

Women's History Month is the theme of one of this month's displays in the library and includes books in an array of subject matter: from biographies to graphic novels. Women's History Month commemorates and encourages the observance, celebration, and study of the vital role of women in history. Check out the campus events taking place throughout the month! 

Sno-Week at UMD

From 1951 through the early 1970s, Sno-Week was a popular campus event. Students participated in a variety of winter activities, including broomball, a best beard contest, human sled dog races, a snow sculpture contest, and more. The week culminated with the Sno Ball, a dance at which the Snow Queen and King were crowned. This display showcases issues of The Chronicle, UMD’s yearbook, with photos and descriptions of Sno-Week events.

The materials in this display are from the UMD Archives. For more information, please visit  

Fourth Floor Display

The exhibits in these cases relate to the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection. This collection began with the goal of demonstrating the history of the development of the Bible in English but gradually became much more extensive in illustrating the whole process of the translation of the Bible, not only into English, but also into many other languages. The Collection now numbers over 1,800 volumes, representing 410 languages. 

History of the English Language

Students enrolled in Engl. 5821 History of the English Language (Fall 2017) curated this exhibit of texts from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection.

Texts display sequential stages in the development of the English language, from Anglo-Saxon, through Middle English and Early Modern English, up to the contemporary use of English as a global lingua franca.

This exhibit was prepared by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Keegan Agyekum, Charles Becker, Bridge Erickson, Sophia Fuhrmann, Drea Rabuse, Paying Thao, Lydia VandeWege, and Gaolie Xiong.

The Saint John’s Bible

This display highlights a seven-volume edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which was generously given to UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library by Dr. Thomas J. Farrell, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies (ELWS). 

In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated BibleThe Saint John’s Bible, completed in December 2011, brought together dozens of theologians, scholars, calligraphers, and artists from Minnesota and the United Kingdom. 

The display includes a copy of the Complete Parallel Bible, which is part of the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection. It provides an ideal parallel text for comparing English translations of Bible passages.

This display was curated and produced by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Associate Professor, ELWS, in collaboration with Aimee Brown, UMD Archivist. Dr. Twu teaches and researches Medieval & Early Modern Material Book History & Culture.

The Bible in Literature

Scripture has influenced works of literature, gospel music, film, and new media. 

English Master of Arts students taking a Graduate Seminar in Early Literature (Engl. 8171) curated this exhibit, using texts from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society collection at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, associate professor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, provided direction to the students, with assistance from UMD Archivist Aimee Brown.