Join us after-hours in the Rare Book Department as we take out books that were just too large (or too small!) to be shown in our Big and Small, Books for All exhibition. Examples include a Bible smaller than your finger nail, and a handwritten scroll from the 15th century over…
Big and Small, Books for All From October 23, 2017 to March 24, 2018 This family-oriented exhibition features extraordinary books selected for their extreme sizes and unusual shapes. Visitors of all ages can interact with special artifacts and explore ideas of the form, function, and meaning of…
Big and Small, Books for Allis on view in the Dietrich Gallery! We're celebrating with special programs here in the Rare Book Department and also in the neighborhood libraries. Here on the 3rd floor, we'll be open extended hours for Teeny Tiny Tuesdays and Way-Too-Big Wednesdays. And eleven of the neighborhood libraries are hosting free book-making workshops for children (Miniature Albums) and for adults and teens (Wearable Books).
Rare Book Department extended hours (open until 7:30 p.m.):
Wednesday, November 8: Way-Too-Big Wednesday
Tuesday, December 5: Teeny Tiny Tuesday
Wednesday, January 10: Way-Too-Big Wednesday
Tuesday, February 6: Teeny Tiny Tuesday
Wednesday, March 21: Big AND Small, Hands-On
Workshops in the Neighborhood Libraries (please contact the library directly for details):
Group visits and educational programs are available by prior arrangement and researchers are invited to make an appointment to use collection materials. Guided tours of the department and the William McIntire Elkins Library are offered Monday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with no appointment necessary. For our friends on social media, highlights from our collections are regularly posted to our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. You can reach the Rare Book Department at 215-686-5416 or by email.