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Rotch Library Gallery – Exhibitor Resources

The Rotch Library Gallery is made up of several exhibition spaces spread across the 1st floor of the Rotch Library.

Below you’ll find information about the gallery spaces including a floor plan and measurements, and additional resources to help you as an exhibitor.  All dimensions are approximate and we recommend you view and measure the space ahead of installation.

Interested in showing your work? Complete and submit the Rotch Library Gallery Proposal Form.

Floor plan of exhibit spaces

Floor plan of the main floor of Rotch Library with exhibit areas noted.

More info: Library entrance | Reading room | Main gallery


Note: Click thumbnails below for larger versions of images.

Entrance panels

Space 1: Library entrance

Entrance panels

  • There are two metal display panels located at the entrance of the library.
  • These panels are commonly used to introduce the exhibit in the gallery spaces.
  • The total measurement of both panels is 74 in. (length) x 96 in. (height)

Entrance display case

  • Entrance display case

    Directly across from the entrance display panels is a display case that contains three shelves. The case has glass doors that lock but are not alarmed.

  • The case measurement is 48 in. (length) x 51 in. (height).
  • The bottom and middle shelves are 16 in. high. The top shelf is 13 in. high.
  • The depth of the case is 7.5 in.

Reading room panel

Space 2: Reading Room

Reading Room panels

  • In the Rotch Library Reading Room, there are two large-scale panels.
  • The measurement of each panel is 72 in. (length) x 96 in. (height)

Reading Room display case

  • Towards the back of the Reading Room is a larger 3 shelf display case. This case is visible from the library entrance.

    Reading room display case

  • The measurement of the case is 116 in (length) x 77 in (height).
  • Each shelf is 24 in. high and 23 in. deep
  • The case has glass doors that lock. The library is locked and alarmed after business hours.

Space 3: Main gallery

Our main exhibition space is made up of a gallery wall of 5 display panels, 2 walls, and a display table. The space is approximately 400 square feet, with approximately 25 linear feet of wall space.

There is limited use of floor space due to foot traffic through the space and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements.

Main gallery 5 panels

Main gallery single panel

Main gallery – 5 panels

Measurements are as follows:

  • The measurement of all 5 panels together are 230 in. (length) x 85 in. (height)
  • The measurement of a single panel is 46 in. (length) x 85 in. (height)

Main gallery – walls

Across from the display panels are two wall spaces for exhibits.

Main gallery – large wall

Main gallery – small wall

Main wall – large
  • The measurement is 156 in. (length) x 93 in (height)
  • The measurement ends at the electrical panel. Exhibits can not cover this panel.
Main wall – small
  • The second wall space is right behind the elevator.
  • The measurement is 83 in. (length) x 93 in (height)
  • The measurement stops at the panel in the photo. Exhibits on this wall can not cover the panel.

Main gallery columns

Main gallery – columns

  • There are 2 columns and 1 circular column that can be used to exhibit art in the Gallery space.
  • Measurement of rectangular columns is 19 in. (length) x 92 in. (height)
  • Measurement of the circular column is 92 in. (height) x. 75 in. (circumference)

Main gallery – table

Main gallery table

  • The display table is white and moveable.
  • The measurements are 60 in. (length) x 36.5 in. (height) x 14 in. (wide)

Additional resources

Below are resources that can be helpful to potential exhibitors:

Interested in showing your work at Rotch Library Gallery? Complete and submit the Rotch Library Gallery Proposal Form.

Questions? Email rotch-exhibits@mit.edu.