Exhibits engage members of the Villanova Community and the public at large with a thematic topic and set of documents from the collections of the University. They are designed to educate, inform, and entertain viewers both about the topic and the set of documents. Cases on the 2nd floor of Falvey Memorial Library, just outside the Rare Book Rook, present the physical exhibits, while two smaller cases on the 1st floor serve either as a supplement to the primary exhibit or as a secondary exhibit space.
Online library exhibits do not suffer from the space limitations of physical exhibits and enable viewers to more closely observe the fine details of documents and illustrations and to read more extensive text and access supplemental information such as timelines, bibliographies, and historical notes; online library exhibits preserve and continue to inform even after the installation of a physical exhibit is concluded.
There are two categories of online library exhibits: those that are supplemental to a physical exhibit that at one time was installed in Falvey Memorial Library, and those that have been designed for a direct digital installation.
Exhibits are curated by Villanova staff, interns, and faculty; often an exhibit is a team endeavor from the selection of documents and the writing of didactic text, to the design and presentation of the graphic environment.
Exhibits are presented by date of installation:
Black Villanova: An Oral History
A project focusing on the African American student experience at Villanova University throughout the period of roughly 1950-1985. Digital Installation: November 4, 2012. Curated by: Tom Mogan
This exhibit highlights several illustrated editions of the Divine Comedy owned by Falvey Memorial Library, Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 26, 2012. Curated by: Diane Biunno
Joseph McGarrity: Man of Action; Man of Letters
This exhibit explores the lesser-known side of the influential Philadelphia-based Irish republican leader Joseph McGarrity as a man of letters. Digital Installation: July 12, 2012. Curated by Brian J. McDonald
Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844
Travel back in time to the Philadelphia Riots of 1844 from Villanova University's Digital Library. Digital Installation: December 8, 2011. Curated by Karla Irwin.
Torn Between Brothers: A look at the internal division that weakened the Fenian Brotherhood
This exhibit highlights the Fenian Brotherhood collection housed in the Villanova University Digital Library. Digital Installation: May 3, 2011. Curated by: Jean Turner.
Tolle lege: The Confessions of St. Augustine
This exhibit highlights editions of Augustine's Confessions held in Special Collections. Digital Installation: November 3, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.
Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland
Take a tour through Ireland in this exhibit of Irish travel writing from the Joseph McGarrity Collection of Special Collections. Digital Installation: October 19, 2010. Curated by: Laura Bang.
Jack Butler Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations
This exhibit focuses on the drawings and illustrations of Jack B. Yeats found in Special Collections materials. Digital Installation: January 14, 2009. Curated by: Róisín Corry Roche.
History Between the Pages: The Life of Samuel A. Lane
This exhibit highlights the exciting journey of one man’s life through the zeitgeist of the 19th century. Digital Installation: July 1, 2009. Curated by: Johanna Hibbs.