The Bell Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Elmer L. Andersen Library building, suite 15.  Exhibits are on view  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery is closed for all University of Minnesota holidays. Maps and Directions

Opening Soon

The Best from Pen & Press:  Global Treasures from Minnesota's Book & Manuscript Collections

June 4 through September 14, 2018 in the Bell Gallery (ground floor) and the Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery (1st floor).

To celebrate Minnesota's rich book culture and love of books, the James Ford Bell Library is partnering with Special Collections and Rare Books, the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the Andersen Horticultural Library on the U of M campus, as well as with other institutions across the state, to share some of the "best" items in our collections. What do we mean by "best"?  Come in and see!  

Other institutions will host their own exhibits around the state.  Visit our soon-to-be updated blog ( for details of this summer's exhibits:  where they are, who is hosting them;  perhaps there will be one in your home town!   We may even offer a prize for the person who visits the most exhibits, so stay tuned and check the blog frequently for updates.

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Opening Fall 2018 in the Bell Gallery:

Festival, Spectacle, and Celebration in the Early Modern World.
September 24, 2018 through January 31, 2019


On Exhibit Elsewhere in the Libraries

Current & Upcoming Schedule


The Nuremburg Chronicle, 1493


The 1667 Blaeu Atlas