Bloomsburg University's Harvey A. Andruss Library

Library Exhibits

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Documenting the Nation:
20 Years of Govenment Publications in Andruss Library


           In October 1995, the Andruss Library at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania became part of the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Depository, Andruss Library began to receive official publications from the U.S. Federal government free of charge.  In return for these free publications, Andruss Library welcomes students, faculty, and community members to make use of the publications for learning, research, and recreation.  The year 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of Andruss Library becoming a Depository, and this exhibit celebrates that milestone.

          The U.S. Government Documents Collection, located on the second floor of the Library, contains the vast majority of the approximately 20,000 documents that the Library has received over the past twenty years.  This display highlights some of those documents and shows the breadth of topics about which the federal government publishes information.  Information on nutrition, health, education, the natural world, weather, disasters, and current and past historical events are all highlighted.  While most documents are written for adults, the exhibit also showcases a few of the publications that the government produces for its younger citizens. 

          The display is currently installed in the flat cases on the third floor of the Andruss Library and contains books, booklets, kits, videos, CD-ROMs and other government publications.  The exhibit will be on display until September 4, 2015.


The University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University. The first such exhibit is Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1959. This is a pictorial look at the campus of 40 years ago, complete with historical and current information on all campus areas that existed at that time. The second online exhibit by the University Archives is entitled A Gallery of Presidents and History of Bloomsburg University, an in-depth look at the history of the University with detailed biographical information on each of its presidents.  The third exhibit is Views of the Bloomsburg State Normal School, 1921-1923, a look at the state normal school using photographs and information from the course catalogues.  The fourth exhibit is the 1919 War Hero Memorial Pinery, which examines the history of the World War I memorial located near Carver Hall, and provides biographical information on the 16 students who are remembered there.  A fifth online exhibit is The Maine Experience: Bloomsburg State College Summer Art Classes at Moosehead Lake, 1975-79, which remembers the summers during the 1970s that art students from Bloomsburg went to the wilds of Maine to paint, draw, learn their craft and experience life.  The sixth is A Legacy of Champions: The Story of Wrestling at Bloomsburg University, which documents the history of the wrestling program at the University from its founding in 1930 to the present day, featuring many of our individual and team champions from over the years.  The most recent one is The Navy V-5s at the Bloomsburg State Teachers College, telling the story of the naval flight instructors who trained in Bloomsburg during World War II.

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