Art in the Parnassus Library

Rotating Exhibits

An Engine of Inquiry and Change: The UCSF Library

Image from An Engine of Inquiry and Change exhibitOn view through March 2017, this exhibit celebrates 150 years of growth, evolution, and user-centered service at the UCSF Library. Discover how the collection grew from less than 2,000 volumes into one of the world’s preeminent health sciences libraries.

View rare books and medical artifacts from the Archives and Special Collections and learn about exciting, technologically-advanced tools for the post-digital age. And don’t forget to “catalog” your Library memories and ideas for the future at our interactive card catalog display!

Presented by UCSF Archives and Special Collections.

Main floor, Library hours.

Fighting Measles and Cholera with Care and Prayer: Japanese Prints

Image from Fighting Measles exhibit

Exhibits in the Parnassus Campus Library’s first floor gallery present a rotating selection of Japanese woodblock prints and scrolls from UCSF’s East Asian Collection.

Fighting Measles and Cholera with Care and Prayer, the exhibit currently on view, features nineteenth-century hashika-e (measles pictures). These prints served as guides to combat this disease. Many of them include a holly leaf (tarayō) believed to contain protective powers as well as recommendations for auspicious diet and and explanations how to persuade the measles kami (“Shinto term for god, divinity”) to leave.

These charms when attached to a door or screen were supposed to protect the house and its inhabitants against measles

Please enjoy these treasures from our East Asian Collection. View the entire collection of Japanese woodblock prints.

Presented by UCSF Archives and Special Collections.

First Floor Gallery, Library Hours

Permanent Exhibits

2nd Floor

Main (3rd) Floor

4th Floor

5th Floor - Lange Room & Terrace

  • Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, image? provenance?
  • Sunbather sculpture, image? provenance?