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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

Banned Books Week

2019's Banned Books Week theme is "Keep the Light On."  Banned Books Week is September 22 through the 28 and is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. The concourse display highlights some of the books from the Top 11 Banned Books List and shares some information about Banned Books Week.

First Floor Interior Displays

Banned Books (Interior Display)

This display is an extension of the Concourse display on Banned Books Week and is full of books banned in previous years. 

Constitution Day

This display has many different books about various topics all surrounding the United States Constitution in honor of Constitution Day. Constitution Day is the day that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. Constitution Day is on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

Leisure Reading

A selection of newer titles that are perfect for leisure reading which include selections from our Best Sellers and Graphic Novel collections.  

The GBLT Advisory Commission Records Collection (1990 - 2010)

The GLBT Advisory Commission collection contains a history of their work from 1990 to 2010. It is now known as the GLBTQAI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual & Intersex) Commission. 

Founded in 1990 as a response to an unsafe climate for LGBTQ students, the commission works with students and administrators to create a safer, more tolerant UMD via advocacy and policy change. They also collaborate with other campus and local groups to create social events that bring together members of the LGBTQ and allied community.

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. 

Book History from Manuscript to Print

Students enrolled in ENGL 5661 Publishing in the Middle Ages (Spring 2019), assisted in curating exhibit items from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection to explore the transition from manuscripts to early print culture in England and Europe. This exhibit was prepared by Dr. Krista Sue-Lo Twu, Assoc. Prof. of Medieval & Renaissance Literature; and Aimee Brown, University Archivist; Scott Bjorlund, Grace Carlson, Tabetha Durdall, Cass Hanson, Kasey Helms, Brandon Killen, Nolan Olsen, Paying Thao, Allyson Walz, 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.