Art and literature at the Claremont Colleges Library

In early May, the Claremont Colleges Library, located at 800 N. Dartmouth Avenue, unveiled two new exhibits that will be on view until early-to mid-June. Details about each exhibit and how to view them are as follows:

Arts and Voices
On May 1, the Asian Library, also known as Honnold 3, debuted “Arts and Voices: Asian American Artists” to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The display was co-curated by officials from the Asian Library and the Ella Strong Denison Library.

“The exhibit, open weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., showcases Asian American book artists’ work and their contributions to social justice, connection to their cultural heritage and more,” a description of the exhibit read.

This exhibit will be on display until June 17. Since it is part of the library’s special collections, it is also open to all members of the public by appointment regardless of card status. To schedule an appointment, visit

For more info about this exhibit, visit

Writing Religion
On May 2, the North Lobby, also known as Honnold 2, unveiled its spring exhibit, “Writing Religion: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.”

The exhibit, open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., “showcases the splendor of the Egerton Crispin collection with its unique devotional books and manuscripts while exploring the linguistic, cultural and textual complexities of religious practices and religiosity of the late antique and medieval period,” the library wrote online.

The Crispin Collection of examples of early bookmaking and fine binding were given to The Claremont Colleges Library by Dr. Egerton Crispin during the 1950s and early 1960s. The donated collection includes nearly fifty Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, many of which are kept in leather gilt-tooled slip cases, according to the library.

The display features “12th century sermons, 13th century Bibles, beautifully illuminated and painted 14th and 15th century books of hours,” and more.

“Writing Religion” is open to current Claremont Colleges students, faculty, staff and community card holders. General members of the public, regardless of card status, can visit the exhibit by scheduling an exhibition viewing at

This exhibit will be on display until June 10.

For more info about this exhibit, visit

Scheduling and viewing either exhibition is free. If you would like to request an appointment outside of the times listed, to schedule a group visit, or request more information, email

For more details about the Claremont Colleges Library, visit or call (909) 621-8150.


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