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Exhibition Policy

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. 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 document “Guidelines for Curation of Exhibits” listed below, which includes helpful information for submitting a proposal. To subsequently propose an exhibition, please submit a brief letter of intent which includes your name, proposed topic of the exhibition, semester you'd like the exhibition installed, and an indication of whether the exhibit will be part of a class project at least eight months before the project will begin. Upon approval of your 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)

The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: lib.a11y@uoguelph.ca