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About the SCRC
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER
The Exhibition Program interprets history, science, the arts, and other topics relevant to the research and academic goals of the NC State community.
With the completion of the renovations in the east wing in the Spring of 2007, the Exhibition Program at the NCSU Libraries took on a new dimension, allowing for the display of original material that would be otherwise too sensitive to display. The new gallery features 15 museum quality cases that are specifically built to provide optimum conditions for the safe and secure display of rare and sensitive materials. The cases proved a microclimate that mediates the harmful effects changes in temperature and humidity have on paper-based items. LED lighting will eliminate harmful UV rays while providing optimum viewing conditions.
The gallery is in a central location and provides a transition between the Special Collections Reading Room and the Library Commons in the East Wing. It provides a social area for the discussion of ideas, as well as a space where patrons can view interesting items and learn about the material on display.
Stored on shelves, closed in boxes, or tucked away in folders, the collections of the Special Collections Research Center are often out of sight from most library patrons. The new gallery allows highlights of the collection to be brought out of storage and put on display for all who walk by to see. It showcases the beautiful imagery and design that permeates the rare books in the SCRC collection, in addition to presenting documents, photographs, and prints that can be found in many of the manuscript and archival collections.