Rare items on display at Northwestern University Library

Paulina Firozi

Some rare artifacts are on display at Northwestern’s University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, through March 15, including items from University archives, Transportation Library and Music Library, according to a University press release.

“Because we’re a library and not a museum, many of our most treasured materials are stored away where people can’t see them,” University Library staffer Nina Barret said in the release. “This is a way to showcase what makes the library such a rich, exciting intellectual resource.”

The exhibit, which Barret created, is just inside of the main entrance to the University Library and features items such as an original sketch by James Joyce, airline menus from the 1950s, an original classical music manuscript by composer Gyorgy Ligeti and the first map of the proposed Illinois boundaries, created in 1818 by cartographer John Melish.

These items are on display and can be viewed by anyone with a WildCARD during all regular library hours. The general public may visit from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Paulina Firozi