Special Collections – Workshops & Events

“Library Adventures in a Digital Age,” a history of medicine pop-up display

Library Adventures in a Digital Age

Join Dr. Mindy Schwartz, Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, in the Special Collections Research Center for a special pop-up display of rare medical history collections.

Library Adventures in a Digital Age:
Chicago Connections
Friday, October 26, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Special Collections Research Center
Regenstein Library, 1st floor

View a selection of books and objects from our collections that enhance our understanding of the history of science and medicine, and learn how they can be used for research and teaching. A resource guide will be available.

For more information about the event, contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Navigate to Regenstein Library on April 6 to create success in your second year

Second-year undergraduates are invited to Regenstein’s A Level on Friday, April 6th from 3-5 p.m. for “Navigate: Creating Success in Your Second Year“.

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Attend “Navigate: Creating Success in Your Second Year” on April 6.

The University of Chicago offers a plethora of resources to help you navigate through your second year and beyond. The number of places you can go to enhance your experience can be overwhelming, but the University of Chicago Library, College Programming Office (CPO), and College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA) has your back! Come to the A-Level of the Regenstein Library on Friday April 6th to learn about how these offices can help you on your journey to success:

  • Chicago Studies
  • College Center for Scholary Advancement (National Fellowships)
  • Drop In Academic Advising
  • English Language Institute Programs
  • Global Health Research Fellows Program
  • Language Study Programs
  • Institute of Politics
  • Mellon Mays Fellows Program
  • Neighborhood Schools Project
  • University of Chicago Library
  • Stevanovich Center
  • Study Abroad

During the event, the Library will also be offering workshops and a Special Collections Open House to learn more about research tools and materials to support your coursework:

  • Jump-Start Research in Your Major, Room A-11, 3:153:45 p.m.
    Learn about Learn about resources available through the Library to support research in your field of study, including research guides, specialized databases, and subject librarians.
  • Special Collections Research Center Open House,  3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Discover the amazing sources available in the Special Collections Research Center for your coursework or research. The open house features examples of the Library’s holdings in rare books, manuscripts, and University of Chicago Archives. Special Collections staff will be on hand to answer questions about our collections and the many research possibilities they afford.
  • Stay Organized and Cite Right with Zotero, Room A-11, 3:45-4:15 p.m.
    Zotero is a free citation manager that helps you organize your research and create citations and bibliographies in a variety of styles like MLA, APA, and Chicago. Drop by for a brief demo of this great tool that will change the way you do research.

Registration is not required, but appreciated. Register now!

Students in need of an accommodation to attend the event should contact Rebecca Starkey at rstarkey@uchicago.edu.

Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Billings Hospital

Building exterior and signage for Billings Hospital

Exterior view of the Albert Merritt Billings Hospital, part of the University of Chicago Hospitals complex.
University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf7-02257], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

The University of Chicago History of Medicine Project (UCHOMP) is marking the 90th Anniversary of the opening of Billings Hospital, the predecessor of UChicago Medicine with some special events in the Joseph Regenstein Library.  Join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2pm – 4:30pm for an open house in the Special Collections Research Center featuring “Treasures of Medicine in Chicago.”  The open house will be followed by a lecture given by Mindy A. Schwartz, M.D. “Happy Birthday Billings Hospital- The Library Connection:  A Tale of 3 Billings.”  The lecture will take place from 5pm – 6pm in Regenstein Library Room 122.  The events are open to all University of Chicago faculty, staff and students and to the general public.

The Art and Adventuresome Life of Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge, PhB 1911

Saturday, June 4, 2016
11 a.m. – 12 noon
Special Collections Research Center Classroom
The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL

At this discussion, Jay Mulberry, AB’63, looks toward a summer Special Collections Research Center exhibition he will co-curate on the Art of Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge. Many of Baldridge’s fine book illustrations from World War I, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are housed in the Smart Museum.

A Rare Valentine’s Treat

Historic Valentine

Historic Valentine


In love? Lovelorn? Bibliophilic?

The Special Collections Research Center on Wednesday, February 12th is the place to be. Join us for a Blind Date with Books; an event in celebration of Valentine’s Day featuring a rare book and archival materials display, a blindfolded book test, and light refreshment.

The event will be held in the Special Collections Research Center (on the first floor of Regenstein Library) from 2-4pm. All are welcome.

And in the meantime, discover your literary love profile with our quiz:

The Homeric Library: Translations, Editions, Commentaries

When: Friday, February 14, 2014,  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: A colloquium cosponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the University of Chicago Library
Homer - George Chapman title page

Title page. George Chapman (1559?–1634). The Whole Works of Homer. . . . London:
Printed for Nathaniell Butter, [1616]. Rare Books Collection. Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library.

Speakers will present approaches to Homer’s texts highlighting the research potential of the University of Chicago Library’s Homer collection, which stretches from the 15th century to the 21st. This colloquium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Homer in Print: The Transmission and Reception of Homer’s Texts” at the Special Collections Research Center, and the publication of “Homer in Print: The Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana at the University of Chicago Library (Chicago: University of Chicago Library, 2013).

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Guided Tour of the Exhibition

10:30 – noon
Glenn Most, University of Chicago and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
“How Many Homers?”

Sophie Rabau, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
“Exploring the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana: On the Trail of a Spurious Line”

1:30 – 4 p.m.
David Wray, University of Chicago
“Quarreling over Homer in France and England, 1711-1715”

Larry F. Norman, University of Chicago
“On Not Knowing Homer: Translation and its Discontents”

Tiphaine Samoyault, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3
“Homerinfant: On Translations and Retellings of the Odyssey for Children”

This colloquium is free and open to the public.

Cost: Free
Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library
More info: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/exhibits/
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787. Information on Assistive Listening Device

Exhibition tour of ‘The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project’


Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Regenstein Library, Special Collections Exhibition Gallery
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Seminary Co-op wooden staircase

The wooden staircase that led you in and out of the sub-basement, which was added to the bookstore in the mid 70’s. Photograph: Jasmine Kwong.

Take a tour of the exhibition The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History with curators Jasmine Kwong, AB’06 and and Megan E. Doherty, AM’05, PhD’10. 

Celebrating over 50 years at the center of the University of Chicago’s and Hyde Park’s intellectual and cultural life, the renowned Seminary Co-op Bookstore has moved up from its legendary basement location and into a newly transformed space designed by Chicago Architects Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry. The exhibition presents documentation of the Co-op’s history through a selection of photography, interviews, artifacts and memorabilia.

This tour is free and open to the University of Chicago community and the public. Registration is required.



 Contact: Joseph Regenstein Library





Make-a-zine event at the Logan Center on March 7

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Thursday, March 7
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Room 028

Learn to make your own zine at the University of Chicago Library’s Make-A-Zine event at the Logan Center.  We’ll supply the zine-making materials, you supply the creativity. Experienced zinesters and newbies are welcome.  A copy of each zine will be deposited into the Library’s Special Collections Research Center (where the rare books, archives, and manuscripts are housed).

Refreshments will be served. While registration is not required, RSVP’s are appreciated.

This event is held in conjunction with My Life Is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography, on exhibit now through April 13, 2013 in the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Debra Werner 773-702-8552.

Careers in Libraries for Humanities PhDs – panel discussion Feb. 20

The University of Chicago Career Advancement office and the Joseph Regenstein Library are co-sponsoring a panel discussion on Careers in Libraries for Humanities PhDs on February 20 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

The program will be moderated by:

Alice Schreyer
Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books
PhD Emory University, Department of English

Featuring panelists will include:

Julia Gardner
Head of Reader Services, Special Collections Research Center
PhD University of California, Riverside

David Larsen
Head of Access Services & Assessment
PhD University of Chicago, Divinity School (History of Christianity)

Catherine Mardikes
Bibliographer for Classics, Ancient Near East, and General Humanities
PhD University of Chicago, Department of Classics

Sarah G. Wenzel
Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas
MA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, French Studies

The program will be held in the Special Collections Research Center Classroom in the Joseph Regenstein Library. Career Advancement Student Preparation Programs are open to all University of Chicago students and alumni. If you are interested in attending or if you have any questions, please call the Career Advancement office at 773-702-7040.

Go on a Blind Date With Books in Special Collections

The Quiver of Love

The Quiver of Love

Are you in love with books? Come to the Special Collections Research Center’s  “Blind Date With Books” event on February 13, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about how early books were made, and try your hand at folding a folio to make a copy of the first Shakespeare folio.  Engage in the ultimate blind date with a book, trying to identify books while blindfolded.  And be sure to take a look at the rare books and manuscripts on display, all focusing on elements of love, romance, and heartbreak, from medieval through contemporary times.

The Special Collections Research Center is located on the first floor of Regenstein Library.  Anyone needing an accommodation to attend this event should contact Julia Gardner 773-834-0627.