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exhibit, which usually includes items from Special Collections. The amount varies depending on the exhibit topic in
some cases the majority of the exhibit features Special Collections materials and in some cases it features a few items.
There are two smaller exhibit cases from donors in the lobbies of two of our library buildings that feature Special
Collections items that were donated as gifts.
The name of the space is The John A. Schweitzer Gallery, which also functions as the vestibule to Western Archives. Two
of the four walls are lined with upright display cases.
The principal library has an enclosed exhibit gallery and an open display space consisting of exhibit cases.
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center has a secured gallery with a 20’ wall case and three freestanding cases.
There are built in exhibit cases in the walls of the main library colonnade and several freestanding exhibit cases as well.
There are flat and upright cases on the ground floor, first, and mezzanine levels of the library, but no designated
exhibitions gallery.
There are several exhibit areas in the library system in Special Collections there is an exhibition gallery.
There are two designated spaces: a large area near the building’s entry point in which 3–4 library-wide exhibitions
are mounted annually (these typically, but not always, include SC&UA materials) and a group of six exhibit cases that
create a wall along a corridor immediately outside our combined reading room/staff area.
There are two exhibition areas in Wilson Library: The North Carolina Collection Gallery and the Salterelli exhibit space.
The NCC Gallery is approximately 5000 square feet and the square footage of the Salterelli space is 2574. The Southern
Historical Collection, one of our five Special Collections departments, also has a small space for exhibits outside their
reading room. The NCC Gallery is used exclusively for North Carolina Collection exhibits, while the Salterelli is shared
among departments. Both spaces are carpeted and contain a variety of exhibit cases.
There are two galleries, one on the first floor of the library with 9 vitrines, 5 built into the walls, 4 table-top cases. The
second gallery is on the lower level of the library patrons pass through it before entering the reading room. There are
5 cases built into the walls, and 8 movable cases of various sizes. Wall space is available in both galleries for hanging
There are two spaces currently used one is a public entrance area where digital surrogates are displayed, the other is
our Diversity Room where digital surrogates of originals are displayed as well.
There is a dedicated gallery on the 1st floor of Andersen Library, an exhibit room adjacent to the James Ford Bell Library,
and a gallery on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Andersen Library around the main atrium. In addition, the Wangensteen
Historical Library of Biology and Medicine and the Andersen Horticultural Library have modest exhibit spaces.
There is a display case in the hallway that is available for the entire library to use. It must be reserved in advance and is
heavily used by a variety of departments.
There is a freestanding case in the entryway of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library that we use, but we share our case with
other members of the library.
There is a large exhibit hall at the George Peabody Library, one of our Special Collections. There is a small exhibit area in
the main campus library that when filled is usually with Special Collections materials.
There is a long hallway area outside of our reading room that includes exhibit space. We are also able to periodically
utilize cases located on the main floor of the library. These are used for very small exhibits or as “teaser” cases to try to
“lure” people up to the 12th floor to view the full exhibition.
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