University Library

Humanities Reading Room

The Humanities Reading Room was founded through a generous gift to the University Library from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Almost 2700 books make up the collection in the room. Books may not be checked out, but are intended to be enjoyed while visiting the room. The room is located in McDonald 209 on the second floor of the library.




With an emphasis on poetry, the collection focuses on the beauty and wonder found in works by such authors as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Adrienne Rich, Mary Oliver, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Billy Collins, and many others. Treasures such as the complete works of Wendell Berry and offerings by local and small presses also are included. 



Graphic and Illustrated Novels

In addition to poetry and related essays and commentary, the Humanities Reading Room also features a robust collection of graphic and illustrated novels. The Black Panther series, with volumes authored by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, is available, as well as a complex and beautiful pop-up edition of The Odyssey. 





October 18-19, 2022: That Highest Candle: Poetry and Spirituality - A Symposium

October 25, 2023: Further Adventures: A Poetry Reading by Norman Finkelstein 

February 22, 2024: Author Readings: C. Dylan (Conner) Bassett and Yalie Saweda Kamara




Summer 2024: by appointment only.


For more information or to schedule a class visit or appointment, contact Alison Morgan, Assistant Director of Public Services, University Library.