Exhibits in Olin Library

John M. Olin Library’s exhibition spaces highlights the Libraries’ Special Collections to promote cultural and intellectual enrichment.

Students and other university staff can also mount exhibits promoting their organizations and activities. Olin Library is an ideal location for exhibits of university and community interest.

If you have questions concerning mounting an exhibit please contact Jessi Cerutti, 314-935-5418.

Exhibits should:

  • Relate to the mission of the library and/or the university,
  • Be aesthetically pleasing,
  • Display material relevant to the theme of the exhibit,
  • Promote the collections, services, and functions of the library
  • Not commercialize or editorialize personal or partisan opinions or viewpoints, but should inform and educate the public
  • Be inclusive and welcoming to all.

Eligible Exhibitors

  • Washington University Libraries’ staff
  • Other Washington University Departments
  • Washington University student groups and affiliates
  • Community groups and organizations affliated with Washington University

Exhibitors Responsibilities

  • Exhibition space is granted on a first-come basis and should be requested well in advance of the desired exhibit date. If the exhibitor is unable to mount his exhibition, please notify the exhibit committee as soon as possible.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for installation and removal of their display items.
  • Exhibitors assume all risk of damage or loss of their materials. Inclusion of valuable objects in displays is strongly discouraged. The library is not responsible for display items that are damaged, lost or stolen.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for providing all materials for their exhibits.
  • Exhibitors are required to check out all library books that are used in their exhibits. Rubber bands, paper clips, post-it notes, sticky tape and other foreign substances should not be used on or in library materials.
  • Exhibitors must provide the name and the title of the exhibit. A sign with the title of the exhibit will be on display with the exhibit.

Exhibit Subject Matter & Timelines

  • Exhibitions should reflect the academic, cultural, historical, scientific or social concerns of the University and its community, informing, educating and enriching the public.
  • Exhibitions that editorialize personal or partisan opinions or viewpoints will not be approved.
  • Exhibition signage and written materials should be neat and accurate.
  • Exhibitions will be publicized, in some cases.
  • Exhibitions may be reserved for one week to one month; extensions will be granted, if no other exhibits are scheduled.

Olin Library takes reasonable precautions to protect displays and exhibits. However, the Library does not provide insurance coverage for exhibit items. Exhibitors are responsible for providing insurance coverage of items exhibited, or they exhibit at their own risk. The Libraries are not responsible for any damage, loss, or theft of exhibited items. Any damage incurred to Library property from exhibit items is the responsibility of the exhibitor.