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Interested in exhibiting your work at the Public Library of Brookline? Review our Art Exhibition Policy and read about the specifics of exhibiting at the Main Library, the Coolidge Corner branch or the Putterham branch.

Main Library (361 Washington St., Brookline) Exhibit Areas

First floor:

  • Foundation Case — located in the west entrance foyer near School St.
  • Emery & Lobby Cases — in the main lobby across from the new nonfiction books.
  • Brookline 300th Display Case — in the Reference Room

Children's Room:

  • at the entrance
  • across from the Circulation Desk
  • all around the room.

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall — located on the second floor

The Gallery in Hunneman Hall is open up to 30 minutes before closing as long as the hall is not is use. For scheduled programs and events, click on Calendar in the upper right-hand corner of our web page at brooklinelibrary.org. If the track lights are off when you arrive, the (labelled) switches are just inside the door to your right.

Mammoths & Reindeer: The Russian Arctic

Jun 30, 2015-Sep 3, 2015
Main Library, First Floor: Emery and Lobby Cases


This summer Brookline's Main Library is hosting an exhibit “Mammoths & Reindeer: The Russian Arctic” featuring artifacts collected by Bill Gasperini, a longtime journalist and photographer who spent 16 years working in Russia. He developed a special interest in Russia’s remote “North”, especially nomadic reindeer herders who travel across the vast tundra year-round with their deer enduring temperatures as low as -50o F. They wear reindeer fur clothing and live in teepee-like “chooms” made of reindeer pelts, traveling around 1700 miles in an annual trek. This vast area was once a place where woolly mammoths roamed until they died out 10,000 years ago, and the exhibit includes many carvings made of mammoth ivory and other items including from the Bering Strait region close to Alaska. Bill also helped produce a film for National Geographic: "The Journey of the Nenets" about the Nenets’ fascinating lifestyle which he plans to show on Wednesday, August 19 at 2pm and 7pm.

Robin's Shoe Collection

Jul 1, 2015-Sep 3, 2015


Paired with Stories to Match

Presented by our Reference and Teen Librarian Robin Brenner

From Robin: I recognize that I am known at the library as the librarian with the shoes. I fully admit that, when running around outside the library, I stick to my trusty Saucony sneakers. Here at work, however, I followed a friend’s advice and started buying fun shoes and, instead of trying to find ones that were comfortable enough to commute in, I store them all under my desk. Today I have a significant collection built up of shoes that are admittedly not the best for standing around in for hours at a time, but instead are for adding color and style. They make me happy, sometimes make me laugh, and add a bit of flair to my work day. I hope seeing them here brings some fun to your day too, and I’ve paired them with books and movie to add to your to-read or to-watch list.

Public Schools of Brookline K-7 art exhibit: "The Summer Show"

Jul 13, 2015-Sep 12, 2015
Main Library, Hunneman Hall

Closing reception: Thursday, Sept. 10 from 2-6 p.m. The Public Schools of Brookline’s “The Summer Show” a retrospective of K-7 visual storytelling created during the 2014-2015 school year in Brookline’s eight elementary schools is on display in Hunneman Hall through September 12.