• Asking the Big Questions discussion
  • Briggs Library 5-minute free massages.
  • The Tardis in front of Briggs Library.
  • Prairie Gate Literary Festival
  • Game Night at Briggs Library
  • Banned Books discussion

Briggs Library is proud to offer special programming and events throughout the year. Some of our regular offerings include:

Asking the Big Questions

A campus/community discussion group that meets twice a semester to talk about the big issues and perplexing questions that affect us all. Past topics have included climate change, feminism, gun violence, spirituality and Minnesota culture/history. This semester we will have two discussions. The first topic will focus on the nature of beauty. Philosophy professor Mark Collier will lead a multi-disciplinary faculty discussion on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm that probes the question: Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? Everyone is welcome. Gatherings take place in the library McGinnis Room.

Fall Semester Asking the Big Questions Schedule

September 13 7:00pm McGinnis Room "What's up with election?: Emerging Questions and Answers"
October 25 7:00pm McGinnis Room "The Occult and Supernatural"

Banned Books Reading

Each fall Briggs Library partners with Sigma Tau Delta to offer an evening of readings from banned and challenged books coinciding with the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. Come celebrate the freedom to read as students, staff and faculty read excerpts from banned and challenged books in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Please check back for more information about the 2016 Banned Books Reading.

Briggs Library Book Club

Once a month campus and community members are invited to read a common book chosen by the group and then discuss it. Meetings are held in Briggs Library. For more information contact Kristina Smith.

Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

The celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments highlights the research and artistic work of faculty and staff.

The annual reception honors faculty and staff who have published or created scholarly works within the previous year. This reception is sponsored by the UMM Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rodney A. Briggs Library, and the Grants Development office. Following the reception, posters for the current honorees are displayed in the library windows of the tunnel between the Student Center and the Science building. For more information about the celebration please visit Scholarly Accomplishments.

Faculty and staff members are also encouraged to inform the library director of current scholarship ordering details so that publications may be purchased for the Briggs Library’s Scholarship Collection.

Constitution Day Observance

Each year, Briggs Library partners with various UMM disciplines and organizations to observe Constitution Day on or near the September 17th anniversary of the signing of this historic document. Mandated by the federal government, Constitution Day observances may take different forms each year. Frequently, an event is held in the McGinnis room with various faculty members participating in presentations or discussions relevant to the U.S. Constitution.

End of Semester Activities

Briggs Library offers a variety of end-of-semester relaxation opportunities for students including free 5-minute massages, Stress Less drop-in sessions as well as aromatic oils Buddha Boards, coloring and games.

Game Night

Come have some fun. Come have some fun. One Friday evening a month from 6–11 p.m. the library throws a Game Night party featuring a wide assortment of board games and card games including Munchkin, Magic the Gathering, Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Cards Against Humanity, Last Night on Earth, Quelf, Guillotine, Ghost Stories, and many others. Role players are welcome. Artemis and League of Legends players are invited as well. If you have a game of your own feel free to bring it! Librarians are on hand and the circulation desk is always open throughout the evening. Those wanting to study are invited to take advantage of the extended hours and refreshments.

Fall Semester 2016 Game Night Schedule

  • August 26
  • September 23
  • October 28
  • December 9

Prairie Gate Literary Festival

Each fall Briggs Library and other campus locations host the the Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF). The mission of the festival is to provide the University of Minnesota, Morris and Lake Region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts.

For additional information please go to Prairie Gate Literary Festival.

The event is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. The PGLF is sponsored by Briggs Library Associates, the Alumni Association, the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Friends of the Morris Public Library, the English discipline, the Commission on Women, Briggs Library, CAC Films, and private donations.

Past Events

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
For the month of October the Briggs Library Book Club is reading The Girls by Emma Cline.
Individuals sitting and discussing a book
Monday, October 10, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Come learn about the bibliographic tool Endnote on Thursday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m. in instruction lab 350A.
Endnote logo with computer and books
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, May 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
Asking the Big Questions will discuss the topic of The Sixth Extinction on Monday, March 21 at 7:00pm in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Professor Pete Wyckoff will give an overview. Discussion will follow.
Earth as seen from space
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:15am to Friday, May 6, 2016 - 9:15am
Twister spinner
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
The Briggs Library Associates Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00pm in the lower level of Briggs Library.
Friday, February 26, 2016 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Come have some fun at Game Night @ Briggs Library on Friday, February 26 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. There will be tons of cool games as well as a Magic Commander tournament and a Faculty/staff vs Students Academic Trivia Contest that start at 7:00pm.
Magic the Gathering logo
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Professors in Sociology and Political Science lead a discussion how social movements impact college campus protests at Asking the Big Questions on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.
Friday, January 22, 2016 -
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Play a wide assortment of board and card games at Game Night on Friday, January 22 at Briggs Library.
Red die
Thursday, December 10, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Relax with a free 5-minute massage on Thursday, December 10 from 4:00pm-5:00pm in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.
Woman getting a massage.

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