Library Exhibits

Presidents Day
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
Presidents Day, officially George Washington’s Birthday, is observed the third Monday in February. This holiday recognizes George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both who had birthdays in February. The day is also commonly understood as a celebration of the legacies of all U.S. presidents. Come learn about the presidents and their lives at this display.
Jay McAllister and Donna Ammeter
Access and Delivery Services Staff
87th Academy Awards
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
Hollywood’s brightest stars will paint the town gold at the 87th Academy Awards. Need help preparing for the big night? Come check out our display in the lobby before you watch the awards show on February 22.
Julie Gaida
Assistant Head of Acquisitions
Chinese New Year
Elevator Right Case – 2nd Floor
Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting. According to Chinese tradition, each year is named for one of the 12 animals associated with the Chinese zodiac. Come visit our display of great books and films on this amazing festival.
Jocelyn Zepeda, Carina Corsiga, Mariza Morin
Access and Delivery Service
Fairy Tale Day
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
Fairy Tale Day is February 26. Curl up with a good book, use your imagination and be transported back to your favorite childhood story. A world of wonder awaits you.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
Access and Delivery Services
National Science Foundation
Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress. Come by this display to learn more about the NSF, including when Congress created it, why it was created, and what its annual budget was in 2014. Some NSF publications available in McDermott Library are on display.
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
Black History Made Today
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
In honor of Black History Month, this exhibit showcases the history makers of today. We are all familiar with the great leaders who paved the way for African Americans, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass. Now, we take a look at some of the most influential people of today who are charting a new path.
Hendrika Jacobs
Gifts Processor
Mardi Gras: New Orleans to Dallas
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
This exhibit celebrates the history, culture, and traditions of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Dallas. Laissez les bon temps rouler, “Let the good times roll.”
Sharon Tadlock
Interlibrary Loan
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