Exhibition Policies

The McLaughlin Library exhibition program supports the University of Guelph’s mission to engage with students, faculty, staff and the community in research and pedagogical activities to promote critical inquiry and active learning using primary sources. Items displayed in exhibitions are usually drawn from the University of Guelph Library’s collections, including materials in  Archival & Special Collections and can be supplemented, as appropriate, with materials from other sources. Exhibits can be curated by anyone in the University of Guelph community, including faculty, staff,  students, and alumni. Many of our exhibits are created as experiential learning projects for classroom assignments or independent study.

The “Exhibition Preparation Timeline” below lists the key components of exhibits curated by students in the classroom. Exhibits based on materials in Archival & Special Collections in McLaughlin Library, and other campus collections such as the Bachinski Chu and Print Collection and Barker Veterinary Collection are encouraged and will receive higher priority.

If you would like to curate an exhibition in Mclaughlin Library, please read the documents listed below. “Guidelines for Curation of Exhibits” includes information for submitting a proposal. Please submit a brief letter of intent which includes your name, proposed topic of the exhibition, semester installed, and if exhibit will be part of a class project at least four months before the project will begin. Upon approval of letter of intent, the applicant will move on to the proposal stage.

Guidelines for Curation of Exhibits in McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph (PDF - 240kb)

Exhibition Preparation Timeline (For Faculty and Students at the University of Guelph) (PDF - 240kb)