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The wonder of miniature books

A story in The Atlantic online by Rebecca J. Rosen today made me appreciate our small but lovely miniature book collection even more.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

The strange and wonderful Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499), called by some the most beautiful book of the Italian Renaissance, is the subject of a seminar at Penn Libraries tomorrow.

Campus Technology Magazine: Lean Green Machines

Books are just cool, in more ways than one!

Campus Technology magazine named Drexel University and the Drexel University Libraries to its list of Seven Sustainability Stars in Higher Education.

Visit Campus Technology's website to read the article.

New Book Highlights

Some recent additions to the Hahnemann collections:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks / Rebecca Skloot (Crown Publishers, 2010).  From the author's website:

"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.

November 18, 2009 exhibition reception at Hagerty

Mark your calendars!  The University Archives will host an opening reception for the new exhibition, It's [Not] Always Online. Curated by Estelle Markel-Joyet, Archives intern and iSchool student, the exhibition focuses on reference books of the last 500 years.  The reception runs from 4-6 p.m. on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library, 33rd and Market Streets.

Enjoy your break, Drexel Students! Come back in three weeks for the Pirate Party and Arrrchives Open House!

Ahoy me matey's!

Only three weeks till we weigh anchor! Argh! On Friday September 25th from 4 to 6 p.m. thar be a Pirate Party at the Arrrchives.  Me welcomes ye new and returning privateers and buccaneers to the Arrrchives.   Open House includes treasure (rare books and maps), looting (records management) and pillaging (complimentary refreshments).  Ye Olde Arrrchives is on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

"The Regulars": Photography by a Drexel alumna

Drexel alumna Sarah Stolfa has recently published a book of her photographs of patrons of McGlinchey’s tavern in Philadelphia.  Her book, The Regulars is available for your perusal on the Drexel Authors shelf of the Archives reading room (on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library).

See more of Sarah Stolfa's photographs at

Miniature book reception in 5 days!

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition "Many Littles Make a Much: A Selection of Miniature Books from Drexel University's Special Collection," currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). The reception will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 4 to 5 p.m. on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

Miniature Book Reception July 22, Online Exhibition now!

The current exhibition Many Littles Make a Much: A Selection of Miniature Books from Drexel University's Special Collection has been on display for a couple of weeks now, and has received a fair share of admiration.

A reception for the show is planned for July 22.  Watch this space for more details.

In addition to the physical exhibition, an online version is now available.

On your next trip to the Lower-Level

Next time you swing by the Lower Level of Hagerty Library, be sure to check out the Drexel University's Special Collection exhibition: "Many Littles Make a Much" -- a collection of miniature books.

The exhibition cases have recently been moved to make room for the periodicals, now also located in the Lower Level. The exhibition is now along the north wall.

Be sure to pass by often to see new exhibitions as they happen!

For more information about the Special Collection, contact the University Archives.

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