Olin and Uris Libraries present regular exhibitions and displays throughout the year. Olin displays are outside the Map & Geospatial unit (level B), opposite the circulation desk (level 1), and outside the periodicals reading room (level 1). In Uris Library, exhibition cases are in the upper lobby and on the gallery level.
Selections from the Barazangi Map Collection | Understanding the Middle East through Geologic Movement
Olin Library, Level B
This exhibit features maps donated by Professor Muawia Barazangi, emeritus professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The maps and images explore how plate tectonics created, and shaped the geography of the Middle East, and how that geologic history resulted in the region’s status as both an oil & gas rich region, and an epicenter of natural disasters. This favorable natural history also made it possible for the development of earliest and most advanced civilization on earth.
Professor Barazangi joined Cornell University at the end of 1971, and served in 1978-1980 as professor and chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His interests are seismology, tectonics and lithospheric structure, especially in the Middle East and Morocco.
Barazangi’s donated maps can be found in the Olin Library Map Room. His papers are located in the University Archives in Kroch Library’s Rare & Manuscript Collections, and for more details please visit his website at http://atlas.geo.cornell.edu/ .
Notes from Cornell Typewriters
From May to September 2018, Library users were invited to record their thoughts on vintage typewriters set up in Olin and Uris libraries.
The 1973 Smith-Corona Portable Typewriter
on loan from librarian Fred Muratori, was outside Libe Cafe in Olin. Inspired by "Notes from a Public Typewriter," the typewriters allowed Cornellians to connect with each other and the past. If someone had already typed on a page, users were invited to leave some space and continue with their own narratives, adding pages as needed. The Library has archived these sheets of paper.
The LC-Smith Typewriter
1915-25 L.C. Smith & Bros., owned by Mann Library, was in the Uris lobby. Inspired by "Notes from a Public Typewriter," the typewriters allowed Cornellians to connect with each other and the past. If someone had already typed on a page, users were invited to leave some space and continue with their own narratives, adding pages as needed. The Library has archived these sheets of paper.
- Where in the World is My Book?
- Brownstones and Tudors: Two Eras in Brooklyn's Growth
- “The Heart of the University”: Where Any Person Can Find Answers to Any Question (2015)
- Book and Paper Conservation at Cornell (Uris Library)
- Reflecting on Identity: the 2014 Cornell New Student Read (Uris Library)
- Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War (Olin Library, 2014)
- Land Use, Transit, and Urban Redevelopment Illustrated (1933-1972): A walk through twentieth century maps from Cornell’s Map Collection (Spring 2014)
- Parallax: Exploring Cornell Luminaries of Science Fiction (Olin Library, Fall 2013)
- When the Emperor was Divine (Uris Library, Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)
- Europe in the World: Perspectives on Communities, A Competition for Student Scholars (Olin Library, April – September 2013)
- Columbia or America: 500 Years of Controversy (Olin Library, Spring - Summer 2012)
- "One place to dwell...": Cornell Poets on Cornell & Ithaca (Olin Library, Spring - Summer 2012)
- Senator Justin S. Morrill, the Land-Grant College Act and Cornell: Opening the Doors of Education to “Any Person” (Olin & Uris Libraries, Summer-Fall 2012)
- Olin @ 50: Inspiration Since 1961 (Olin & Uris Libraries, Summer-Fall 2011)
- Uris Library Historical Tour
- Cornell's Icelandic Collections: Góð bók er gulli betri and World of the West Norse (Olin Library, Fall 2010)