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HSL Exhibits

The 3rd edition set of our beautiful botanical notecards are now in available! Visit our 19th Century Botanicals page for more information.

HSL's exhibit cases are available for use by any faculty, staff or student at UB for displays that support teaching or research at UB. Displays must be for non-commerical purposes only. The exhibit cases can be reserved for extended lengths of time at no charge. To apply, please print out, read, sign and return the Guidelines for the Use of Display Cases and the Application for Use of display Cases, or contact Pamela Rose at 829-5722.

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Current Exhibits

Contact Pamela Rose for more information


From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

HSL, Lobby, December 21, 2015-January 31, 2016

From DNA to Beer exhibit image

Some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes are explored in these 6 panels on display in HSL. Over the past two centuries, scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds, and bacteria, to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages.

Microbes have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines.

Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.

Also visit the virtual pages at the National Library of Medicine's From DNA to Beer exhibition online.

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Curated by Diane Wendt, Associate Curator and Mallory Warner, Project Assistant, Medicine and Science Division of the National Museum of American History.




Medicinal Plants: Current and Historical Properties

HSL, Reference Area, June 2015-

Photo of Medicinal Plants exhibit case contentsFeaturing four sections showcasing information on the use of botanicals in both the past and present to treat disease.

Incorporating items from the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection and details on current uses and advances in plant medicine research, we provide an overview of the many ways nature and botanicals can improve health and wellness and fight disease. 

Curated by Carrie Owens and Erin Keenan






















To Read is To Fly

HSL, Lower Level, wall case opposite History of medicine

Photo of Ethiopan girl reading

The images displayed here belong to Steve McCurry and can be found on his blog ( under the “To Read is to Fly” project. This project combined photos of very different people from across the globe all enjoying a similar moment of reading.

Steve McCurry is an editorial photographer perhaps best known for the very famous photo “Afghan Girl” which was first published on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985. He is considered one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photographer for the past 30 years.

McCurry, S. (2012-2015) Biography. Retrieved from
McCurry, S. (2014, April 24) To read is to fly. Retrieved from

Curated by Erin Keenan


UB People and Their Pets

HSL 2nd Floor, just outside the Main Reading Room, December 2014-

Photo of Chessie, the cat

Photos from UB faculty and staff depicting their pets. The exhibit coincides with the 7th UB Libraries Stress Relief Days event, which offers therapy dogs, music, food, massage, reiki, and other stress relievers to help students get through exams at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Curated by Molly Poremski, International Languages and Literatures Librarian

A Growing Industry - an Overview of Recent Research and Results in Nutrition Therapy for Mental Health

HSL, Reference Consultation area, first floor, January 2015-

Image of a glass of orange juiceThis display focuses on how a selection of mental health issues have been treated with nutritional therapies. Many of these treatments still require more study.

Curated by Erin Keenan










Permanent Exhibits

Web Exhibits