Rare Book & Manuscript Library Events
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RBML's fall exhibit featuring the University of Illinois Library's extensive Conde de Montemar letters collection, as well as other rare and fascinating books about the 16th-Century Spanish conquest and colonization of Perú.
Log in to learn about a group of women book collectors who met from 1944-2004, providing a space for legitimacy, fellowship, and education in a period where women’s access to formal education and academic institutions was limited.
Shakespeare’s First Folio, published in 1623, gathered 36 of the Bard’s plays, including 18 that would otherwise have disappeared. Come help us mark this 400th milestone: visit with some of RBML’s Shakespearean treasures, dare to read or recite a few lines, wear your Elizabethan finery if you wish, and “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
Come and celebrate the birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), former Illinois Poet Laureate and the first African American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. Take a look at some of our favorite gems from Miss Brooks’s literary archives, and enjoy a slice of her birthday cake! This event is free and open to all.