Awarded annually to second- and fourth-year students with outstanding book collections.
The University of Chicago Library is pleased to sponsor the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting. Mr. Brooker (PhD'96) established the Prize to foster a love of the book and to encourage book collecting among students in the College. The competition is now in its 29th year.
Applicants are not expected to have collections that are large, valuable in monetary terms, or complete. Rather, the competition emphasizes thoughtfulness and intent in building a collection around the collector's personal interests. Past winners have collections focused on subjects that range from religion in ancient Egypt to feminist zines, from cover art to Latin American poetry.
The Brooker Prize exhibition provides an opportunity for the award winners to share their collecting interests and vision with a wider audience.