University of Georgia Libraries, Special Collections  


Did you know Georgia’s newest cultural destination is right here at UGA?

In 2012, the Russell Library opened state of the art exhibition galleries in the new Richard B. Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries. Featuring some of the most significant and treasured materials from the collections, the galleries offer a glimpse into Georgia’s storied political past.

Dedicated to sharing information about Georgia’s modern political life and culture, the Russell Library develops exhibits that engage and inspire visitors in a dynamic conversation with the past, present, and future. Visitors can explore interactive kiosks with access to oral history interviews, historical film, video, and sound recordings. Or, look for familiar faces from the state’s political history in Art Rosenbaum’s mural “Doors.” And, no matter what the featured exhibit, there are opportunities throughout the gallery to view documents, artifacts, and photographs that describe political life and events in the state. Visitors will discover a new world through the Russell Library Galleries.

The curatorial staff at the Russell Library researches, develops, and fabricates exhibits in consultation with scholars and community experts. The Russell Library also develops online exhibits to complement exhibits on physical display in the gallery space.

Russell Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Group Tours

We welcome groups of all sizes and ages for tours and ask that you contact us
at least two weeks in advance to schedule a visit in order to accommodate staff schedule.

Please fill out a tour request form or call 706-542-8079 to schedule a time to visit and staff will be in touch within 2 business days of your request. Please specify in your request if you wish to tour just the Russell Gallery or all three exhibit galleries in the Special Collections Building.

Gallery Admission
Admission to the Russell Gallery is free and open to everyone.

Accessibility of the gallery
The Russell Library Galleries are ADA accessible. For additional assistance related to accessibility, please contact

Kaylynn Washnock