Science Exhibits at the John Crerar Library

The Science Libraries present short term and ongoing exhibits in the atrium of the John Crerar Library. Exhibits focus on aspects of the sciences and highlight collections of Crerar and Eckhart Libraries.

yerkes telescope

A Bold Experiment: the Origins of the Sciences at the University of Chicago

September 21, 2015 – March 31, 2016

 Exhibit Description:

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago's founding, Crerar Library looks back at the establishment of the natural sciences at the University. The early University built programs in the physical and biological science from the ground up. They recruited eminent scientists and designed innovative laboratories and facilities for their often groundbreaking work. These achievements in discovery and teaching have had lasting impact on the sciences.
A web version of the exhibit is also available.

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free


Image : Yerkes Observatory 40-inch refractor telescope operated by astronomer Edward Drake Roe., From the Photographic Archive, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.  Identifier: apf6-00030

For more information about exhibits held at the John Crerar Library, please contact Jennifer Hart at 773-702-7569 or

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