Permanent Exhibitions

Olin Library and our exhibitions will be closed to the public until further notice. Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for more detailed information about Libraries operations.


A rare printed copy of the Declaration of Independence is on permanent display at John M. Olin Library. This copy, known as the “Southwick Broadside,” printed by Solomon Southwick is one of only seven copies to survive and predates the signed copy on display in the National Archives.


Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Maior was published in multi-volume sets in Latin, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish from 1662 to 1665. Containing around 600 maps, and considered the finest Dutch Atlas of its time, it was the largest and most expensive book published in the 17th century.


Risa’s Landing, named in honor of Risa Zwerling Wrighton, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton’s wife, is a collaborative study space located on Level 2 of the Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration. Seven tables around the perimeter of Risa’s Landing feature images of recreated desktops of prominent individuals with ties to Washington University.


The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration spans four stories of John M. Olin Library. The exterior of the tower features several images of materials in University Libraries’ Special Collections.


The banners hanging in the Sky Room on Level 3 of the Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration in John M. Olin Library pay tribute to four outstanding alumni who have traveled afar for their research.