Special Collections Exhibit Policies for Guest Exhibits

In addition to sponsoring its own exhibits, Special Collections considers requests to provide temporary/rotating space for others in the University community who wish to create an exhibit.

Purpose of Exhibits

The primary purpose of exhibits in the glass cases on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons is to promote interest in and the use of collections and services of Special Collections.

Available Exhibit Spaces

  • Three (3) Cases in the Atrium (4th Floor)
    • Note:  Exhibits must use all three (3) cases

 Atrium Exhibit Cases

  • One (1) Case next to the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room (4th Floor Alcove)

 Alcove Exhibit Case


The exhibit schedule for all cases runs roughly in accordance with the semesters:  Spring (December-April), Summer (May-July), Fall (August-November).  Start dates are flexible.  Please contact Special Collections in advance to discuss current availability.

Special Collections will schedule guest exhibits in collaboration with campus partners up to two semesters per year for atrium cases and one semester per year in the case outside of the Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room.  Special Collections retains at least one exhibit semester each year for their own exhibits in the atrium and two (2) semesters each year in the single case next to the Rhinehart Room.

Exhibit Policies and Resources

How to Propose an Exhibit

Submit a proposal using this form. Proposals will be accepted for display periods up to one year in advance. Submitted proposals will be reviewed three times per year by the Special Collections team. Due dates are:

  • For exhibits starting in December:  Second Wednesday of June
  • For exhibits starting in April:  Second Wednesday of September
  • For exhibits starting in August:  Second Wednesday of February

For more information, contact Greta Browning, Reference Archivist/Librarian, browningge@appstate.edu / 828-262-7702