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.
In the Concourse
The Study Abroad Program has put together an immersive collage of photos and other items related to student study abroad experiences. As part of their display, they are featuring a "Find Champ" challenge. Each week, for the month of February, they will place a teeny-tiny champ somewhere in the sea of photos. Check out more on the Find Champ webpage.
First Floor Interior Displays
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. Our interior display, featuring titles from many genres, spills out onto the open counter space under the Chihuly.
A selection of classic titles for leisure reading from all genres.
Blind Date with a Book
Our Blind Date with a Book is back again for another year. Books are wrapped to conceal their true identities with only a few descriptors given outside the book. Feeling intrigued? Stop by and pick one up for yourself!
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 Bible. The 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.