Exhibitions & Events: Current exhibitions
It is the role of the Lilly Library to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of both the dedicated researcher and the casual visitor. In order to achieve this, the Library promotes a wide range of activities including exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings, musical performances and receptions, as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations.
The Grolier Hundred
April 22-August 24, 2013
“One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature,” one of the most influential rare book exhibitions of the twentieth century, opened in January 1903 at the Grolier Club of the City of New York. The Club had already begun an ambitious program of exhibitions and publications, but the 1903 exhibition of the “Grolier Hundred,” as it came to be called, was to have an especially profound effect on a number of active and wealthy collectors, who used the exhibition catalogue as a shopping list in their attempt to find the first or the earliest obtainable editions of these canonized books. The 1903 exhibition drew its one hundred English-language titles from a variety of fields, including fiction, poetry, drama, history, law, and science. J.K. Lilly, Jr., whose collection of books and manuscripts was donated to Indiana University in the mid-1950s, was one of a succeeding generation of collectors who decided to collect as many of the Grolier Hundred as he could. The Lilly Library collection contains ninety-nine of the Grolier Hundred, lacking only the 1485 edition of Sir Thomas Malory’s Le More d’Arthur which survives in just two copies.
Slocum Puzzle Room
"A World of Puzzles"
A selection of puzzles from the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles. Read more about these intriguing objects in the Guide to the Collections: Slocum Puzzle Collection.