Indiana University’s Lily Library displays a selection of mechanical puzzles ranging from antique Chinese puzzles to the Rubik’s Cube. Curator, Jillian Hinchliffe, explains what makes this exhibit unique.
“What’s great about this collection is that it’s a really good interface between the library and the public,” Hinchliffe explained. “Because I think there’s this conception that, in rare book library, you have to go in and be very quick. You’re not allowed to have fun. You aren’t allowed to touch anything. And that’s not what this room is about at all. We want people to come in and enjoy the puzzles and get hands-on with some of them, just like we want people to come in and enjoy the rest of the collection.”