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Love is Love in the Library

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 14, 2020

The exhibit It’s Complicated: Documents of Love features items related to love drawn from the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.

From love letters and poetry, to romantic comics, dance cards, and heartbreak, many stories and relationships are highlighted -- i...

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By WU Libraries on December 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries are giving away cash prizes to the students who write the best short essays about their personal book collections. That’s right, students — ponder the contents of your bookshelves, write a brief essay, and you could win cash. The Neureuther Student Book Collect...

Cartography and Maps

By Tobias Feldmann on December 13, 2019

Maps help us to orient ourselves in the world or in a specific region and find the place we’re looking for, just like our WashU campus maps help many students and visitors to find their way. In general, maps are an important tool in our everyday lives and have been so for hundreds of years. [&hel...

Alchemy Books

By Tobias Feldmann on October 29, 2019

The rare books vault of the Department of Special Collections hosts many old books on various topics, including some disciplines that aren’t being taught at university anymore, like the mysterious art of alchemy. The Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection encompasses a considerable number of b...

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold

By Cassie on September 24, 2019

Bookmaking Workshop: Accordion Fold Saturday, November 2, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library sessions offered from 10am-noon and 2-4pm   Join special collections for the next in our series of bookmaking workshops! Accordion bindings have been used for centurie...

Stitching Coptic-Bound Books

By Alison Carrick on July 5, 2019

On Saturday, June 8, a group of library and book enthusiasts had the chance to learn about coptic binding at the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. Led by Danielle Creech, Head of Preservation and Digitization, and Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books...

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding

By Cassie on May 13, 2019

Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Binding Saturday, June 8, 2019 Julian Edison Department of Special Collections, Olin Library Level One  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for the next workshop in our bookmaking series! Come view amazing and early bindings from the University Libraries’ rare book co...

Julian Edison Department of Special Collections Wins Citation for Exhibit

By Julie Hale on April 30, 2019

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at the Washington University Libraries has  earned a notable citation as part of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhi...

A Celebration of Book Arts

By Alison Carrick on April 5, 2019

An opening reception for three book arts exhibitions was held on February 28.   Buzz Spector: Works On and Of Paper on view in the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of Olin Library, celebrates Sam Fox School Professor of Art Buzz Spector who creates pieces that explore and challenge the book as a fo...