Alkek Library Exhibitions & Displays

There are exhibit and displays found throughout the library. Learn more about reservable display areas. Below is what is currently on display in Alkek.

Harry Styles display

Poster and books display

This exhibit supports the film festival sponsored by the departments of History and World Languages & Literature – Between Fame and Infamy: An International Film Festival on Celebrity. Display material highlights titles related to Harry Styles, celebrity & influencer culture, and gender & mass media. Much of the content is also tied to Dr. Louie Valencia's course, HONORS 3399Q Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture.

Alkek Third Floor

Artists' Book Collection

Glass case housing some of the Artists' Book Collections.

The Artists' Books Collection exhibit is complementary to the Book Design Techniques three-part workshop series that is being offered at the library in spring 2024. An artists’ book is a handmade or interesting format. These unique, rare, often limited-edition books are themselves works of art. Included in the exhibit are artists’ books by faculty, alumni artists, local area artists, national and international artists. The Artists' Books Collection exhibit provides examples of alternative format books with different binding styles to inspire workshop attendees and any viewer of the exhibit. You can see a list of the artists’ books with more information about them on the exhibit sign by the exhibit on the 3rd floor.  

Pride Display

Pride flag with books related to LBGTQ topics

Celebrate Pride all year-'round! The Pride Display showcases a variety of books and information about LGBTQ+ experiences, issues, and people. From children's books to graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction, the Teaching and Learning team has curated a wide range of books so that all students can find a book that suits them. If you have a pride-related book you want to recommend, feel free to fill out one of the student recommendation cards that are available, too. The display is accompanied by a giant woven ribbon progress pride flag behind it, designed and created by Henna Punjabi. This art installation was created to welcome students into the library and to create a more inclusive and colorful space.

Mythology Retelling

Image of books in the display

With the coming release of the new Percy Jackson series, we're excited to share these great titles and fun materials that focus on mythology, mythological retellings, and some of the conversation around the resurgence of retellings in recent years.

Juvenile Collection Exhibit

 

The Juvenile Exhibit showcases new children’s and young adult material for the Juvenile Collection. The Juvenile Collection supports the needs of student educators and the Education & English departments. Titles also support K-12 content areas as well as various award winners. Material is available for checkout to all Texas State University students, faculty, and staff.

See the permanent Juvenile Collection Exhibit near the Juvenile Collection on the 3rd floor.

Alkek Fourth Floor

Rick Riordan Archives from The Wittliff Collections

Case display of Rick Riordan work

San Antonio native and award-winning author Rick Riordan has been engaging young minds since 2005 when he released the first book of the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief. This was the first of his five best-selling mythology-based book series which spawned what has become a multi-state summer camp program for kids called Camp Halfblood. The books and camps have fostered imagination and a love of literature. Riordan has been donating archival materials from his work to The Wittliff Collections in the Alkek Library for many years. This display includes some of these materials and honors Riordan’s achievements just as he has released his latest book, The Chalice of the Gods, a sixth installment of the Percy Jackson series and as a new television series is set to be released in Dec. 2023 based on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series.  

Alkek Fifth Floor

Texas State Sports History

Image of University Archives exhibit on Texas State Sports History

Play ball! Or any other sport you’d like. Sports have been a part of Texas State’s history since the first basketball team graced the pages of the 1904 Pedagog. Stop by the 5th floor of Alkek Library to see some sports-related highlights from the University Archives. The exhibit covers sports from the early 1900s through the 1990s. Items displayed include photos, trophies, and equipment. See a jacket worn by a member of the 1960 championship basketball team and a helmet worn by a football player in the 1920s!

If you have any questions about any of the items on display, about the history of sports at Texas State, or suggestions for future exhibits, feel free to contact the University Archives: UnivArchives@txstate.edu

Visit https://www.univarchives.txstate.edu/ to see the University Archives’ online exhibits.

Alkek Seventh Floor

The Wittliff Collections

A museum-within-a-library, The Wittliff Collections’ seven exhibition galleries are free and open to the Texas State community and the general public.  Check out the current exhibitions!