The Leatherby Libraries is proud to announce the launch of its latest virtual exhibit, “The Library at Chapman University: A Historical Look.”

This virtual exhibit is part of the yearlong celebration in 2021 of Chapman University’s 160th anniversary, and chronicles the story of the library at Chapman over the years, beginning with the Stauffer Memorial Library in the early years, moving to the Thurmond Clarke Memorial Library, and finishing with what makes the Leatherby Libraries unique.

The exhibit provides nostalgic glimpses of old Ceer yearbook pages, photographs, and memories of the students, faculty, researchers, and staff who have, over the years, turned to the library at Chapman for research help, a quiet place to study, intellectually stimulating events and exhibits, and much more.

“The Library at Chapman University: A Historical Look” gives readers a thoughtful, intimate history of one of the most important aspects of Chapman University’s history.

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Please reach out to exhibit curators Rachel Karas and Essraa Nawar at or if you have any questions about the exhibit or would like a one-on-one virtual walkthrough of the exhibit.

Header image: an artist’s rendering of the Leatherby Libraries, from a 2004 postcard.