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Exhibitions & Events: Current exhibitions

It is the role of the Lilly Library to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of both the dedicated researcher and the casual visitor. In order to achieve this, the Library promotes a wide range of activities including exhibitions and special events such as poetry readings, musical performances and receptions, as well as lectures, tours, and class presentations.

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"Raintree County: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Ross Lockridge, Jr."
January 21 - May 19, 2014

The Lilly Library will explore and celebrate the life and work of renowned Indiana author, Ross Lockridge, Jr., and the world of his iconic novel, 'Raintree County' in an exhibition opening Janurary 21, 2014. The exhibition will showcase the development of Lockridge's work as it evolved and was inspired by real-life Henry County, Indiana, and the history of the extended Lockridge family. On display will be the original art for the controversial geoglyph depicted on the first dust-jacket as well as materials related to novel's Hollywood movie adaptation produced by MGM and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.

Slocum Puzzle Room

"Everything Is Permitted: The Life and Work of William S. Burroughs"
January 20 - May 14

The Lilly Library is proud to host an exhibition of the works of Beat writer William S. Burroughs in conjunction with The Burroughs Century, a conference celebrating Burroughs. 100th birthday. On display will be items from the Lilly.s collections, including first editions of his major novels, ephemeral publications, and items from the archive of his British publisher, Calder and Boyars. Also exhibited are digital reproductions of items from the collections of Ohio State University relating to Burroughs. visit to Bloomington in 1981.

For a full conference program, visit

"A World of Puzzles"

A selection of puzzles from the world's largest collection of mechanical puzzles. Read more about these intriguing objects in the Guide to the Collections: Slocum Puzzle Collection.

Upcoming exhibitions

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Spiritualists, Sorcerers, and Stage Magicians: Magic and the Supernatural at the Lilly Library
June 2 - August 30, 2014

The Lilly Library summer exhibition, "Spiritualists, Sorcerers, and Stage Magicians: Magic and the Supernatural at the Lilly Library," offers a view of how ideas of the occult, the unseen, and the supernatural have persisted and transformed throughout history, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Indeed, if popular entertainment is any indication, it seems evident that our interest in ghosts, ghost-hunters, witches, and devils has never really abated, despite the rationalism and disenchantment of the modern age.

Highlights of the exhibition include 17th-century treatises on witchcraft; a wide array of texts representing the complex social networks of spiritualist mediums, stage magicians, and psychical researchers in 19th-century Britain and America; issues from the Lilly's newly-acquired archive of Weird Tales magazine; and correspondence between book collector Montgomery Evans and notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.

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