Library Exhibits

Leisure Reading
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
Take a break from finals madness and check out a book from our Leisure Reading section. Learn how to deal with life’s greatest loves. From romantic relationships, family, friendships, road trips, or finding out who you are, the Leisure Reading collection has you covered.
Teri Rogers
Library Assistant IV
Giving Thanks
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
What are you most thankful for? Thanksgiving Day centers around family, friends and great food. It’s a time to reflect and give thanks for all of the accomplishments of the preceding year. Stop by this display and learn about the history of this holiday and common traditions.
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Dia de los Muertos
Elevator Right Case – 2nd Floor
Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated but acknowledged around the world in other cultures. Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations and this case contains books on the festival, those who celebrate it and some of the common beliefs surrounding the celebration.
Gladys Barbosa
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Lemony Snicket
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
You think your life is hard with finals coming up? Come to the juvenile section and read about how Violet, Klaus and Sunny handle the challenges thrown at them in Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events.
Katie Zlotnik
Library Assistant III
Global Science Gateway
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor is a one-stop shop for national and international scientific databases and portals around the world. was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), an element of the Office of Science within the U.S. Department of Energy. In this display are names of some of the databases and portals which are available.
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
Helicopters at Work
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
With their ability to operate in a variety of environments, helicopters are an effective means of transportation. Operating in industries such as passenger transport, law enforcement, medical evacuation, traffic and news reporting, and petroleum exploration and support, helicopters provide a wide variety of services. The History of Aviation Collection highlights some history of the helicopter as well as recognizing the Twirly Birds, an organization of pioneering pilots of helicopters and other vertical take-off aircraft.
Thomas Allen, PhD
Curator of Special Collections
Book to Film
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
When books go to the big screen, some film adaptations impress you while others leave you scratching your head. Stop by the third floor display case to see what the critics have to say about your favorite books and their cinematic counterparts.
Bill Mikesell
Library Assistant III
UT Dallas: The Beginning
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
In the Early 1970s, Margaret and Eugene McDermott of Texas Instruments visited UT Dallas to see a model of what would become the Eugene McDermott Library. The library was the first of three new buildings opening in preparation of the school becoming a four year institution. Joining them is the University’s first president, Dr. Bryce Jordan. View this image and other historical moments from UT Dallas’ past in this display.
Library Administration