Current Exhibits

Building Ohio State: From Forest to the Renovation of Thompson Library
Thompson Library Gallery
February 1 - May 14, 2017

Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. Since its beginning as a land-grant institution, the University has been instrumental in promoting research, education and management of Ohio’s forests.


Before and After: Realizing the "Ideal State"
Thompson Library, 1st Floor
April 12 - July 28, 2017 

Before and After displays objects restored by the University Libraries’ Conservation Unit. The exhibit, curated by conservator Harry Campbell, showcases rare books, illustrations, set designs, and a 14th-century scroll that have now been preserved for future scholarship.



Tales from the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
March 25 - October 22, 2017

Explore 40 stories about fascinating collectors, groundbreaking comics, controversial cartoons, influential characters, innovative cartoonists, and more from 40 years of collecting at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.


Founding Collections: 1977-1987
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
March 25 - October 22, 2017

This exhibition celebrates the story of the library’s founding and its first decade of collecting, beginning with works from its original collections, the archives of Milton Caniff, creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon, and illustrator Jon Whitcomb.