Art Exhibit commemorating Komagata Maru Incident

An exhibition of paintings commemorating the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 will be opened by the Canada-India Centre for Excellence at Carleton University and hosted by the library. The official opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. on the main floor of the library and the exhibit will be on the main floor wall space. The Komogata Maru was a Japanese ship that arrived in Vancouver in May of 1914, carrying 376 Indian passengers, mostly Punjabi Sikhs who were ex-military men who had served the British empire in wars, but was turned away by Canada. Upon their return to India, they faced violence by the British-Indian government. These paintings show the struggle against injustice of the Komagata Maru passengers. The exhibit runs from May 18 - June 18 2016.

National Poetry Month Exhibit

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) has created an exhibit for National Poetry Month, highlighting items from our Special Collection of Modern Poetry. The exhibit includes broadsides as well as books in various forms from small presses.

The titles were selected to reflect the diversity of Canada and of our collection, as well as prominent names in the modern poetry movement. One poet featured, George Johnston, has a special connection to Carleton, having been a professor here from 1950-1979. 

The exhibit is located on the main level of the library, opposite Room 252 and was curated by Al MacLennan, ARC.


The exhibit "POSITIVE SEX: Eroticizing Safer Sex Practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s" is now showing on the Thom Exhibit wall on the main floor of the library until May 8.

The exhibit explores AIDS activists' work to eroticize safer sex practices in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s. To activists, eroticizing was a personal and political intervention. It was a way of refusing to see “sex-crazed, ‘promiscuous,’ bath-going gay men" as a problem and refusing to push for monogamous “politically correct” relationships. It was a way of promoting safer sex practices without compromising sexual freedom and without bothering people living with HIV/AIDS.

In honour of Youth HIV and AIDS Day, “POSITIVE SEX” was curated by members of the AIDS Activist History Project, Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with support from the MacOdrum Library and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

If you have any inquiries please contact Alexis Shotwell, Sarah Rodimon or Janna Klostermann at


Come and discover examples of current Canadian innovation with a new exhibit beginning Friday, January 8th. Technozones was created by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and highlights innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.

Learn more about two Canadian success stories! Harvesting Sunlight, designed in collaboration with SunCentral, provides unique lighting solutions deep within a building’s core, and Underwater Imaging, designed in collaboration with 2G Robotics, captures precise measurements and generates 3D images of subsea environments and structures, such as shipwrecks, pipelines and dams. The exhibit is located on the main floor of the library, adjacent to the Research Help Desk.

Discover Conchology

Discover Conchology, the study and collecting of sea shells, with the library’s newest exhibition located next to the Library Services desk on the main floor. Professor Don Beecher of the English Department demonstrates his love of shells with this beautiful eye-catching display of the most exotic works of nature. As a collector, he has travelled far and wide on ‘shelling expeditions’ from Turkey to California and muses how making proper identifications can, at times, rival Sherlock Holmes for reading data. This exhibit is only a small sampling of his 6,000 specimens of bivalve shells from the world’s seas.

Shells consist of calcium carbonate, each shell unwinding to its maturity from the tiny point or ‘protoconch’ at the apex in which these sea snails begin their lives. Many shells are deep water specimens, some recovered at over 2000 m and never seen on shore. They are usually among the rarest to find. Shells are studied for the sake of preserving habitats and biodiversity. Many species also serve as important forms of local food and become overexploited. In some species, the cones are under study for the potential pharmaceutical value of their toxins to replace morphine.

New Exhibit: Lines & Signs

“Lines & Signs: A Photographic Essay on Transitional Spaces” is a new exhibit of photographs by Janet H. Tulloch, running from Oct. 23 – Dec. 16, 2015 on the main floor of MacOdrum Library.

From the artist’s description of her work:

From 2012-14, the MacOdrum library looked like an archaeological site. ... Translucent laneways altered regularly creating new labyrinths that staff and students were compelled to negotiate in order to avoid the construction minotaur. While the beast was the result of a desperately needed renovations, its presence created the opportunity to peer into the novel spaces and fleeting visual juxtapositions highlighted in this exhibition.

To create this show, I chose from more than 2000 photographs and yet the images offered here present only a small fraction of the process of our library’s massive restoration … During this period, hard hats mixed with toques, steel-toed boots with moccasins, hammers with handbags and blow-torches with backpacks ...  It allowed us a different way of seeing a university institution and its diverse inhabitants at work, providing a brief awareness of transitional spaces and how we interact with them.

Janet Tulloch is an interdisciplinary scholar working in the areas of religion, women and material culture. She is a contract instructor in Carleton’s College of the Humanities.

Nobel Laureates Exhibit

Don’t miss the Nobel Laureates Exhibit currently on display in front of the Research Help desk on the main floor. It includes many books on the history of the Nobel prize and its categories, women Nobel laureates, biographies on Canadian Nobel winners, beautiful facsimiles of the Nobel prize medals, and an interactive display of the winning papers from 2013-2015 for easy access.

ARC Exhibit on French Artistic Literature

Archives and Research Collections (ARC) is proud to support the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) exhibit Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France curated by W. McAllister Johnson. ARC has created a supplementary exhibit entitled Artistic Literature: Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France located outside room 582 of the MacOdrum Library. The exhibit highlights relevant rare books from the W. McAllister Johnson rare book collection and will be on display until April. For more information on the art exhibit please visit the CUAG webpage: