Library Exhibits

National Mentoring Month
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
National Mentoring Month was created in 2002 to raise awareness of the various types of mentoring, its impact on young adults, and how you can contribute to community growth. Visit the exhibit in the main lobby to find library resources on this topic and learn how you can thank your mentor and get involved!
Access and Delivery Services Staff
Learn Something New
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
Now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, learn a new language or use a new software product. We have a vast library of books to help you build your brain power. Swing by and see what you can learn.
Library Administration
Have a Read Box Night
Elevator Right Case – 2nd Floor
Short on cash and need something to do? Come to the library and check out a great leisure book or a movie. McDermott Library has best sellers and new releases. This display spotlights some of our newest items. They’re perfect for a lazy weekend.
Library Administration
Space: The Final Frontier
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
Celebrate the infinite mysteries of the universe with these spaced-out books and films.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
Access and Delivery Services
The Federal Depository Library Program – A History
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has been in existence since 1813 when Congress first authorized legislation to ensure that one copy of the House and Senate Journals were distributed to certain universities, historical societies, and state libraries. Today, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the largest publisher in the world. University of Texas at Dallas is privileged to be an FDLP library. Come by this display to learn more about the history of the FDLP and which congressional district our library represents.
Marna Morland
Special Formats Metadata Librarian
McDermott Scholars Cultural Experiences
McDermott Scholars Case – 3rd floor
This exhibit showcases the diverse travel locations and cultural experiences of the McDermott Scholars through the existence of The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. As McDermott Scholars, students are required to study abroad for at least one academic term during their time in the Program. This case holds a collection of some mementos that the Scholars have brought back from their travels. To date, over 60 countries have been visited by over 150 Scholars.
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
The Berlin Airlift: 1948-1949
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
On November 10, 2014, the world marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first step in reuniting East and West Germany. With this display, The History of Aviation Collection examines another crisis that threatened the stability of Berlin: the 1948 Soviet Blockade. At the end of World War II, the Allies (The United States, The United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union) divided the defeated Germany into East and West. In 1948, in response to the Germans developing closer ties to the West, the Soviets closed all roads, rail connections, and waterways in to Berlin. To respond to this challenge, the allied powers launched an effort to keep Berlin re-supplied entirely by air. The History of Aviation Collection holds the Berlin Airlift Veterans Association Collection as well as several books about this important historical event.
Thomas Allen, PhD
Curator of Special Collections
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Born on January 15, Dr. King continues to be one known as one of the most prolific civil rights leaders of our time. Visit this case and learn about his work and the struggles he faced while fighting for freedom.
Loreen Henry
Head of Information Literacy Services
$mart Money
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
The start of a new year is a great time to develop a savings strategy or to learn as much as you can about personal finance. How much do you know about money and budgeting? McDermott Library offers access to electronic resources such as databases, magazines and government documents to help you save more and spend less.
Loreen Henry
Head of Information Literacy Services
International Space Station Flag
The University's first Ceremonial Mace
James F. Reilly II
McDermott Suite Case – 4th floor
Highlighted is a UT Dallas flag that was taken to the International Space Station in 2007 by NASA astronaut and UT Dallas alumnus James F. Reilly II. Reilly donated the flag to the university.
Library Administration