Thanks to the family of Eric and Evelyn Newman, the John M. Olin Library at Washington University now has one of the few surviving broadsides of the Declaration of Independence. (James Byard/Washington University)

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence now on view

What happened on July 4, 1776? Not what you might think. On that historic day more than 200 years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. But it would be weeks before the Founding Fathers actually signed the handwritten document now housed in the National Archives in Washington. In the meantime, official broadsides were printed and posted on courthouse doors across the colonies. One of those broadsides is now on view at Washington University.
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Unveiling a reimagined Olin Library

Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis will unveil two highly anticipated features on Tuesday, Jan. 16 — an improved Whispers Café and new study spaces in the Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration. And, for the first time, both the library’s south and north entrances will be open, making it easier to use.
How Whispers will look when renovations are complete in 2018.

Looking back at Whispers in Olin Library

Whispers Café is getting a makeover (along with the rest of the library). What was once a courtyard neighboring Olin became one of the most popular study spots and cafés on campus. Here, we take a look back at how the café evolved.

Olin Library construction delayed

The Olin Library Transformation project, a renovation of John M. Olin Library, has been delayed due to the discovery of a rock shelf beneath the building. The renovated library now is expected to open in spring 2018.

Construction on Olin Library begins May 23

The Olin Library Transformation project is about to get underway. Construction on the renovation of Olin Library begins Monday, May 23, and new spaces are slated to be open by the fall 2017 semester.

Olin Library expands overnight hours

Following a successful trial run during the 2012-2013 academic year, Olin Library has expanded 24-hour access to five nights a week. Olin Library is now open from 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings when fall and spring semester classes are in session. 

WUSTL Special Collections launches online resource on William Gass

An Olin Library exhibition, titled William H. Gass: The Soul Inside the Sentence, ends July 31. But a newly launched digital version of the exhibit allows for ongoing exploration of a wide-ranging selection of the esteemed writer’s drafts, interviews, photographs and more. A gallery talk will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, July 19, in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room, providing a guided tour of the in-person exhibition.

Olin Library Hosts ‘Winter Warm-Up Tweet Up’

Curious who else on campus is tweeting? Join the University Libraries for its winter Tweet Up Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Olin Library’s Ginkgo Reading Room on level 1.
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