Thompson Library opened it’s doors in its new facility in October, 1994. We have been at our “new” location for 23 years this October. During that time, the Library has continued to add, slowly and selectively, to our Art Collection, which is on display throughout the building.
While many are unaware the Library has an art collection, it has been on display on our walls and on selected tables since those doors opened.
Some of the pieces in our collection have been gifts, donated by thoughtful and generous patrons of the University of Michigan and of the Library. We sincerely appreciate our patrons and thank them for sharing their love of the arts with the our university community.
Some of the pieces were purchased by the library, often from UM-Flint student art shows.
Some of the pieces are part of the Genesee Historical Collections Center — known on campus as The Archives.
The subjects of our artwork are as varied as the mediums used to create them. The majority of our works are in oil, charcoal, or pastels. But there are also a large number of reprints and photographs. The Art in the Library isn’t limited to framed images hanging on the walls; we have a number of sculptures and items of mixed media as well. There are works in glass, in fabric, in metal, and in ceramics. From paintings to sculptures, it’s all in your library, free for anyone to enter, walk around, and enjoy.
We have paintings of people; some famous, some forgotten, some fabricated from the imagination of the artist who created them. There are images of both well known and obscure local sites, some representing the architecture of a specific era, landscapes or geographic features.
There are a number of paintings with subjects that are related in some way to the University of Michigan.
Best of all, the majority of our artworks are on public display. Anyone may visit the Thompson Library to leisurely wander through the building, finding art in both prominent and obscure locations throughout all three floors of our facility.
We invite our readers within the UM-Flint community and visitors to our fair campus to come and enjoy the quiet, peaceful atmosphere of study and contemplation our library offers.
The building itself is — quite literally — a work of art, having won the design firm an award. The stacks shelving over a quarter of a million volumes are open, accessible and well lit.
There are comfortable chairs as well as hundreds of reading carrels on all three floors.
The first floor Atrium boasts 3 story windows, letting in natural light throughout the vast space, with plenty of tables for readers to sit and enjoy the view, quietly read their favorite tome, or engage in research.
And please, take a moment to just look around at the many fine pieces of art on display.
When you are at the Thompson Library, beauty is all around you.
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Below we have included a sample of some of the pieces in our art collection.
Please visit the library soon to view these, and many other, works of art.
FIRST FLOOR OF LIBRARY
SECOND FLOOR OF LIBRARY
THIRD FLOOR OF LIBRARY
Thompson Library has so much more than books in print on our shelves. We have videos (both VHS and DVDs — even a Blu-Ray or 2), we have ebooks (and yes, many can be downloaded to a tablet for two weeks at a time), we have hundreds of online databases.
But we also have a unique art collection.
The Library — and all it contains — is a part of your academic experience.
Come to the Library and enjoy the experience soon.
Information — and culture — are all there for you, at your library.
Thompson Library, UM-Flint — LINKING PEOPLE WITH IDEAS!