Technology abounds at NCSU. Yet students enrolled in Biological Illustration (BIO 227) are showing off some old-school skills in precise, detailed drawing. “Technology is a wonderful tool,” says Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Jennifer Landin. “It allows us to get end results quickly. But sometimes we need to slow down and work through the process to truly understand.” That’s where illustration enters.

Close, careful observation is an essential skill for scientists – and for artists. Students in Landin’s Biological Illustration course learn about a different group of life forms each week. Then, during lab, each person selects one organism or concept to draw. Students examine specimens, identify structures, learn about functions and consolidate all that information into a visual product.

“Students don’t just learn information. They apply and explain it using new skills. They become experts in these concepts. I’ve had students find errors in textbooks and educational materials because the information provided didn’t match their observations. It’s an incredible learning tool.” Over the semester, students build a portfolio of their work on a diversity of organisms and biological concepts.

Visit the iPearl Immersion Theater for an exhibit of student illustrations from the Spring 2016 class.

July 25, 7:00 AM (2016) to July 31, 11:00 PM (2016)
iPearl Immersion TheaterExample student illustrations of insects from the Biological Illustration course.

For more information on Biological Illustration (Bio 227) visit the course website.

Free and on display during normal library hours.


View the winning digital art works from the Libraries' second annual Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, as well as all of the other submissions. Students were invited to create visualizations, digital compositions, and data art for any of the large video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, including the 20-foot wide Art Wall. The contest and exhibit are sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems.

Libraries have long been places where people have explored new ways of interacting with information. The video walls at the James B. Jr. Hunt Library were installed to create a dialogue with library visitors and show the work of students and faculty at the university. The visualizations created for our digital spaces greet library visitors and give them a taste of the possibilities that await them inside the Hunt Library.

Featuring student from many disciplines, the Code+Art exhibit features work in these categories:

Data visualization
Data art
Generative art
Procedurally generated environments
Digital illustrations
New media art

April 14, 6:00 PM (2016) to April 24, 11:45 PM (2016)
Art WallCommons WalliPearl Immersion TheaterVisualization WallAbstract Animation to Sound

Free and open to the public during normal business hours. Note that From Friday, April 22nd through Tuesday, May 3rd  the security gates at Hunt Library will be closed as students prepare for Reading Days and Finals. During that time, a campus ID will be required for entry. 


The Dynamic Sun takes “big data” and converts it into a breathtaking and fascinating display for the video walls in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. 

Learn more about previous versions of the exhibit here: "These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Art"

February 11, 7:00 PM (2016) to March 13, 11:30 PM (2016)
Commons WallThe Dynamic Sun

Free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid Wolfpack One Card is required for access to the Libraries.


6:00-7:00 p.m. lecture in Nelson Hall, Poole College of Management (free and open to the public)

7:30-9:00 p.m. reception in the D. H. Hill Library Gallery (call the Friends of the Library at 919-515-2841 for tickets)

Join us for the 2016 Friends of the Library Spring Meeting featuring a lecture by Dr. Richard Olsen, director of the U.S. National Arboretum and a student of J.C. Raulston’s, followed by an exhibit opening and reception at D.H. Hill Library for our exhibit: “Plan—and Plant For a Better World" J. C. Raulston and The NC State University Arboretum. 

Ticket prices: FOL or Arboretum member: $50 per person; Young Alumni (10 years out or less) : $25 per person; Non-member: $75 per person. 

Copies of Bobby Ward’s book Chlorophyll in His Veins, J. C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador will be avaialble for on-site purchase.

Image: J. C. Raulston


March 18,
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Exhibit GalleryJ. C. Raulston

Opening lecture by Dr. Richard Olsen is free and open to the public. Reception requires tickets. Contact Friends of the Library at 919-515-2841 to purchase tickets. Reservation deadline is Monday, March 14.

Join us as we honor the winners of the 2016 Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. After a brief awards ceremony, view the winning pieces of student-created digital art in the Hunt Library and interact with the student creators. A reception with delicious free food will follow. 
Contest sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems.
Code Art Unveiling Flyer
April 14,
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Duke Energy HallCode+Art

Free and open to the public.


The "America Through Our Eyes" photo contest, hosted by the Office of International Services, is an opportunity for international students and scholars to showcase their travels and experiences throughout the United States. The images were taken in locations all over the United States.

As part of International Education Week, starting November 16, these stunning images will be displayed on the Hunt Library Commons Wall overlooking the NextGen Learning Commons. These photos are right at home in our storytelling building, symbolizing the same sense of discovery and inspiration that permeates the library's walls. The photo gallery will run through Monday, November 30. Please stop by and take a moment to see our country through the Wolfpack's international perspective.

November 16, 8:00 AM (2015) to November 30, 11:30 PM (2015)
Commons WallAmerica Through Our Eyes

Free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid Wolfpack One Card is required for access to the Libraries.


Explore the history of Raleigh's Century Film Studios (1950s-1980s) through this exhibit researched by NCSU students and faculty. Century was founded in Raleigh in the mid-1950s by O.B. Garris (formerly of WNAO and WRAL), a prolific cameraman, photographer, and filmmaker. The studio produced campaign films and public service announcements for various prominent North Carolina political figures including Governors Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt, Bob Scott, and others; and short sponsored films for the likes of the North Carolina State Fair, NCSU, the North Carolina Police Information Network, the Boy Scouts, the Record Bar, and Mt. Olive Pickles.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Dr. Devin Orgeron's Seminar in Nonfiction Media (ENG 585 / Fall 2015) were assigned films from the collection, which they then researched, establishing a context for understanding Garris' work and the historical moment during which they were produced. The exhibit will be available to view on the iPearl Immersion Theater by selecting it from the gallery console from November 11 to December 11.

This exhibit was developed by Dr. Devin Orgeron and Melissa Dollman, with support from NCSU Libraries, NCSU Film Studies, the State Archives of NC, and A/V Geeks.

November 11, 8:00 AM (2015) to December 11, 11:30 PM (2015)
iPearl Immersion Theater

Free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid campus ID card is required for access to the Hunt Library. During final exams (December 8-11) a campus ID card is required at all times for entry.

Josephine McRobbie919-513-2118jemcrobb@ncsu.educentury-films

The Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on March 25, 2015 at the McKimmon Center. The Symposium showcases the exceptional and diverse graduate-level research going on at NC State. 

In collaboration with the University Graduate Student Association, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters in eight categories (Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management) will be exhibited in the Hunt Library iPearl Immersion Theater, starting September 7, 2015. The exhibit will run through September 13, 2015.

September 7, 7:00 AM (2015) to September 13, 11:45 PM (2015)
iPearl Immersion TheaterHeidi

Life’s Little Dramas presents objects that were purpose-built to be used as puppets and only hints at a phenomenon that is as vast and varied as humanity itself. Puppetry has emerged in every inhabited part of the globe as one in the repertoire of activities that have made us human since the dawn of time.—Roger Manley, Director & Chief Curator, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, from the Introduction

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to host Life's Little Dramas: Puppets, Proxies, and Spirits, an exhibit conceived and curated by NC State's Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Culled from a recent gift from John C. Henry, along with key works on loan, the exhibit hosts a complete Edwardian-era "Punch and Judy" troupe, Indonesian wayang kulit shadow puppets, and marionettes from India, Sri Lanka, the Czech Republic, and the earliest days of broadcast television, including America’s first TV “star”—any guesses?

For more information visit the Gregg Museum’s web site

The gallery is open during normal library hours:

June 8, 7:00 PM (2015) to February 28, 7:00 PM (2016)
Exhibit Gallery

For the students in this semester's College of Design Graduate Graphic Design Studio, our current reality is just a starting point. This exhibit of speculative augmented reality projects is the collectively designed final project for the "New Information Environments" studio led by Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Deborah Littlejohn. 

The Microsoft HoloLens and Google Glass projects have recently raised the profile of augmented reality (AR), an emerging technology that blends the boundaries between the physical and virtual by augmenting a view of the world with other real-time sensory data. The designs from this studio illustrate the full potential of this technology by showing us how augmented reality could become a part of our everyday lives in the very near future. 

During the semester, the students' activities focused on the process of analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and explaining the context of their design investigations. The goal of this project was to understand and practice the relationship between form, information, interface, and physical space.

This multimodal exhibit is deployed in two spaces at the Hunt Library. Visit the iPearl Immersion Theater for a glimpse into your augmented future through seven different AR scenarios. Then head to the adjacent Tech Showcase to get hands-on experience with the technology through a live demonstration of a student-made AR application.

May 1, 9:00 AM (2015) to May 10, 11:00 PM (2015)
iPearl Immersion TheaterPicture showing an augmented reality overlay of graffiti on a building on Hillsborough Street

Free and on display during normal library hours. A campus ID is required at all times to enter library spaces through May 7.

Mike Nutt919-513-0651

View the winning generative art works from our inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. The Grand Prize-winning piece, Fractal Forest, is displayed above our Ask Us on the second floor Art Wall and the second place WKNC Music Visualizer is displayed at the adjacent iPearl Immersion Theater. Contest sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems.

April 16, 3:30 PM (2015) to April 29, 11:30 PM (2015)
iPearl Immersion TheaterArt WallCode+Art Student Visualization Contest

Free and open to the public during normal library hours. A campus ID is required after 10pm and will be required at all times during finals (starting April 27) to enter library spaces.


Farming men and women have shaped the evolution of agriculture and technology in North Carolina for generations. From its roots as an agricultural experiment station, North Carolina State University has been interwoven into this evolution through teaching, research, and extension work that has supported local farming communities and organizations. Partnerships between NC State and the small farmers of North Carolina have pioneered innovative approaches to sustainability through times of major change, from the early industrial revolution through today.

In honor of Alpha Zeta's annual Agricultural Awareness Week, this exhibit of NCSU Libraries archival materials will showcase local farming practices and home-grown agricultural organizations in North Carolina to tell the story of the people who cultivated and developed our state.

March 23, 8:00 AM (2015) to March 27, 5:00 PM (2015)
Ask Us (Hill)



College of Design alum Alexander Isley has designed everything from books and magazines, to watches and dinner trays, and received the prestigious medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 2014. The NCSU Libraries is proud to host MAKE, BELIEVE, an exclusive retrospective of Isley's design work, at the Hunt Library through February 8, 2015. Using the digital architecture of the Hunt Library as a storytelling platform, MAKE, BELIEVE is an engrossing experience that unfolds as you walk through the building. Comprised of two parts, it illustrates how the College’s emphasis on making, creating, and being hands-on informed his professional life and also provides a glimpse into the ethos that surrounds his work. 

The digital exhibit begins in the Hunt Library's iPearl Immersion Theater, where Isley’s creative trajectory is documented on a stunning twenty-one foot digital canvas. Visitors can select chapters from his narrative to view from the iPearl Immersion Theater's touch panel. MAKE, BELIEVE continues upstairs on the Commons Wall. This display complements Isley’s design imagery with bold—and often humorous—belief statements, reflecting an approach to the design process that transcends disciplines and will be as enlightening for engineers as it is for graphic artists.

January 22, 8:00 AM (2015) to February 8, 11:45 PM (2015)
Commons WalliPearl Immersion TheaterDetail from MAKE, BELIEVE digital exhibit

MAKE, BELIVE is free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid Wolfpack One Card is required for access to the Libraries. Due to an HVAC repair, the exhibit may not be viewable 8am to 4pm February 4, 2015.


"THIS TELLS MY STORY, THE TRANSITION FROM A DEAF PERSON TO A PERSON WHO COULD HEAR."  That's what NC State Assistant professor of Art + Design, Justin LeBlanc told Lifetime television's Project Runway judges when hsi ten-piece "Sound Waves" collection was presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York in August 2013.  His striking architectonic designs and willingness to take risks has earned him a spot in the season 12 finale.

One of LeBlanc's "Sound Wave" dresses with his signature 3D-printed collar, along with some of hte other 3D-printed accessories, are now on view at D. H. Hill Library through December 19.

Photograph of Justin LeBlanc by Curtis Brown.

October 13, 12:00 AM (2014) to December 19, 11:00 PM (2014)
LobbyMain Circulation DeskMolly Renda(919)

The "America Through Our Eyes" photo contest, hosted by the Office of International Services, is an opportunity for international students and scholars to showcase their travels and experiences throughout the United States. A total of 94 students submitted over 140 photographs for this year's contest. The images were taken in locations all over the United States in locations as far away as Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska to as close as right here on NC State's campus.

Starting November 14, these stunning images will be displayed on the Hunt Library Commons Wall overlooking the NextGen Learning Commons. These photos are right at home in our storytelling building, symbolizing the same sense of discovery and inspiration that permeates the library's walls. The photo gallery will run through Sunday, November 23. Please stop by and take a moment to see our country through the Wolfpack's international perspective.

"America Through Our Eyes" will also been displayed on the north wall eboard of the D. H. Hill Learning Commons.

November 14, 9:00 AM (2014) to November 23, 10:00 AM (2014)
Commons WallLearning Commons (Hill)Timelapse photo of stars

Free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid Wolfpack One Card is required for access to the Libraries. This gallery will not run November 14, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, as the Commons Wall will be in use for another event.


NCSU Libraries is pleased to present a major exhibit that tells the stories of how students are transformed into leaders at North Carolina State University.

Leading the Pack: Student Leaders at NC State explores a rich cultural tradition that encourages students to act on what they are learning. This alchemy of participation and involvement has produced an unusually large number of citizens who began their lives of service to the university and to the wider community while students at NC State. 

The exhibit draws on the rich trove of materials collected by the NCSU Libraries’ Student Leadership Initiative. This ongoing, multi-year program has chronicled the experiences and impact of former student leaders through the collection of hundreds of video oral histories, biographical essays, and digitized images.  Visit the website.

Top to bottom: Bill Friday (center), senior class president, 1941; Eric Moore, student senate president, 1969–1970 and Cathy Sterling, first woman student body president, 1970–71; Kelly Hook, student body president, 2010-11.

November 3, 8:00 AM (2014) to May 10, 5:00 PM (2015)
Exhibit GalleryMolly Renda(919)

Eight intrepid explorers gathered together last Spring Holiday on a beautiful Friday afternoon with a mission in mind. They set out to explore the southern reaches of Centennial Campus with cameras in hand. Their goal was to find what was strange, beautiful, and interesting and take pictures. In the end, they came, they saw, and they captured! Starting on October 20, you can witness the results of their journey on the Hunt Library Commons Wall overlooking the NextGen Learning Commons. These images will make you reconsider the familiar terrain of Centennial Campus. The photo gallery will run through October 26.

The photowalk is one of the many workshops offered by NCSU Libraries. Participants used the digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras available through our technology lending program.

October 20, 7:00 AM (2014) to November 2, 11:30 PM (2014)
Commons WallSign from the SOUL garden

Free and viewable during normal operating hours. After 10:00 p.m. a valid Wolfpack One Card is required for access to the Libraries.


In a special visual showcase, a series of origin stories developed by the students in the Illustration Studio at NC State University College of Design, Department of Art + Design, will be featured throughout the Hunt Library on the ultra high-definition video walls that create the digital architecture of the building. Ranging from humorous to lyrical, the stories illustrate the origins of a variety of flora and fauna. You will discover the work of the fall 2013 ADN480 class as you move through the building. The pieces will run continuously on the Art Wall, iPearl Immersion Theater and Commons Wall until October 5.

September 25, 11:00 PM (2014) to October 5, 11:30 PM (2014)
Commons WalliPearl Immersion TheaterCreation Stories Illustrations on the Hunt Library Art Wall and Immersion TheaterMike

Continuing a five-year tradition of collaboration, the Duke University Journal of Science and Technology, Vertices, worked with North Carolina State University’s College of Design to produce a distributable print publication last spring. A team of undergraduate graphic design illustrators from NC State, along with Publication Advisor and Professor of Graphic Design Denise Gonzales Crisp, took on the task of creating visually stimulating imagery to accompany the content of the journal. The articles, penned by Duke undergraduates, ranged from “Microbiology and the Final Frontier” to “Etiology of the Bad LSD Trip.” Starting on October 13, we welcome you to a showcase of the design team’s illustrative work, highlighting the beautiful images that made the Vertices publication come to life. This striking illustration display will run on the Hunt Library Commons Wall overlooking the NextGen Learning Commons through October 19. The showcase will be displayed during the following times:


Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 17: 7am - 6:30pm

Saturday, October 18 - Sunday October 19: 9am - 6:30pm

October 13, 7:00 AM (2014) to October 19, 6:30 PM (2014)
Commons WallIllustration of DNA from student journal Vertices

Free and open to the public.


Science Boot Camp Southeast 2014 is a unique 2 ½ day in-depth immersion in current science topics for librarians and library students who support scientific researchers. During the Boot Camp, Hunt Library's Immersion Theater will showcase Dr. Christopher Healey's visualization on topics addressed by the conference: alternative/sustainable energy, data sharing, data visualization, and climate change.

July 16, 3:30 PM (2014) to July 18, 4:00 PM (2014)
iPearl Immersion TheaterSentiment analysis visualization of tweetsMike

Shooting Wars: Documentary Images of American Military Conflicts

A provocative multiscreen, multimedia, and interactive exhibition presented on the twenty foot by five foot Hunt Library GameLab display and produced by the English 585 "War Documentaries" class and Professor Marsha Gordon, "Shooting Wars" explores select American conflicts through the eyes and camera lenses of documentarians.
Featuring new video projects created by:
Jason Buel (The Contras)
Marsha Gordon (Vietnam War)
Adam Hebert (Korean Conflict)
Kennetht Pinion (World War II)
Brian Robertson (Cold War)
Gretchen Walters (War on Terror)
Warning: Contains Graphic Images of War

In the Hunt Library GameLab

Tuesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 1-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 12-4 p.m.

April 15, 6:00 PM (2014) to April 19, 4:00 PM (2014)
Game Lab (Hunt)

Warning: Contains graphic images of war. 

Admission is free and open to the public. 

Jason Evans Groth919-515-2590jevansg@ncsu.eduShooting Wars: Documentary Images of American Military Conflicts

As workers changed the muddy rut in front of his rural Wilson County home into a paved road, Jim Hunt saw the future. That thirteen-year-old boy first witnessed the legacy of visionary leadership, seeing the connection between “good-roads” legislation and his community’s new ability to get their crops to market. Raised by his parents to value education and fairness, taught to lead by the Future Farmers of America, and exposed to wider learning at NC State and UNC–Chapel Hill, that young boy became the state’s youngest lieutenant governor at thirty-five, its governor at thirty-nine, and its only governor to serve four terms.

Photograph from the 1958 Agromeck, NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center

This exhibit celebrates that legacy of leadership and the profound impact it had on developing North Carolina into a model of education, technology, and growth in the New South. His is a legacy—as Governor Hunt has said himself many times—not about fighting over pieces of the pie. It’s about how to make the pie larger and how to ensure we all have a place at the table.

The exhibit can be seen in the Level 1 lobby of the Hunt Library during regular library hours.



Online exhibit:

February 1, 8:00 AM (2014) to March 14, 5:00 PM (2014)
Level 1 LobbyJames B Hunt Jr speaking at the DNCMolly

Did you know that NC State research happens all over the world? From Peru and Ecuador to Kenya and Jordan, NC State faculty are making a difference. The NC State Research Around the World virtual tour showcases the work of over 25 faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Google Earth tour is a new addition to the Libraries’ permanent media portfolio for the James B. Hunt Jr. Library’s video walls. We curate a program of content for the video walls that is focused on demonstrating NC State's impact. NC State Research Around the World shows the incredible variety of problems that NC State researchers are tackling. NC State Research Around the World debuts today in the iPearl Immersion Theater on the second floor of Hunt Library and will run continuously through February 6. Come join us as we explore faculty research on 5 continents!

January 29, 8:00 AM (2014) to February 6, 5:00 PM (2014)
iPearl Immersion TheaterNC State Research Around the World

Admission is free.


Exhibit extended to October 17

We are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit featuring fourteen large-format black-and-white prints by Raleigh photographer Doug Van de Zande. Working with a traditional eight-by-ten view camera, Van de Zande documented the construction of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library from late 2010 through the fall of 2011 producing a series of beautiful portraits of the workers who moved earth, poured concrete, pulled wire, and clad the exterior with the building’s iconic “fins.”

Additional large-scale reproductions of Van de Zande’s work, alongside stunning aerial photographs of the site that show the building literally rise from the ground, offer a unique, behind the scenes perspective on the people and process that brought the Hunt Library to life.

Photograph by Doug Van de Zande

December 13, 12:00 AM (2013) to October 17, 2:30 PM (2014)
Exhibit GalleryTwo workers at the Hunt Library construction site.Molly Renda(919)
In collaboration with Indiana University, NCSU Libraries invites you to see some of the most inspired scientific visualizations in history. From October 14th through the 27th, the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit will be featured in the iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The October event marks a fascinating symbiosis of content and medium, with the visionary maps that make up Places & Spaces providing a perfect complement to the stunning visual experience of the iPearl Immersion Theater.
Now in its ninth year, the Places & Spaces exhibit has traced the evolution of science maps, featuring the most powerful examples of knowledge domain mapping, novel location-based cartographies, data visualizations, and science-inspired art works. Created by leading figures in the natural, physical, and social sciences, scientometrics, visual arts, social and science policymaking, and the humanities, the maps in Places & Spaces allow us to better grasp the abstract contexts, relationships, and dynamism of human systems and collective intelligence. Individually and as a whole, the maps of Places & Spaces allow data to tell stories which both the scientist and the layperson can understand and appreciate.
October 14, 7:00 AM (2013) to October 27, 5:00 PM (2013)
iPearl Immersion TheaterPlaces and Spaces exhibit map logoMike

As part of North Carolina State University’s 125th anniversary celebration, the NCSU Libraries is pleased to present One Hundred Twenty-Five Years of Shaping the Future, an exhibition that honors and explores the university’s history as an engine for educational innovation and economic growth for North Carolina and the world.

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act legislation that gave the states seed money for land grant colleges, he meant the investment to change the world.

In 1887 the people of North Carolina seized that opportunity, establishing the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. For 125 years the school—now NC State University—has demonstrated a genius for imagining the future and then doing the thinking, research, and work to make that future happen.

Presented through photos, images, and artifacts from the University Archives housed in the NCSU Libraries, from the State Archives of North Carolina, and from a host of individuals and groups that love the university, Shaping the Future covers a broad range of topics—from athletics to atomic research, notable milestones to nanotechnology, economics to electrical engineering—that leads the visitor from the New South to the New New South, and tells the story of NC State’s transformative role in that journey.

October 10, 9:00 AM (2012) to November 30, 6:00 PM (2013)
Exhibit GalleryNorth Carolina State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts President Alexander Q. Holladay, faculty, and first freshman class posing in front of the college's main building (later named Holladay Hall).Molly Renda(919)