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Hands-On Mechanical PuzzlesA quieter space to explore the Lilly Library's unique collection of mechanical puzzles9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Chemistry Building

800 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405


In the Sciences Library, Room C002

Come to the Science Library and experience a selection of hands-on puzzles from the Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection. Experience the different types of mechanical puzzles that you can find at IU’s Lilly Library.

Mechanical puzzles are hand-held objects whose pieces move to achieve the solution. These hands-on puzzles represent the many different types of mechanical puzzles that exist.

What are hands-on puzzles? As IU’s rare books and materials library, The Lilly Library does not check out items. However, we do have hands-on puzzles in the Slocum Room gallery for visitors to use. The Slocum Room is open to the public during library hours.

Our Curator of Puzzles will be at the event to answer questions about mechanical puzzles, the Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection, and maybe even offer a few hints.

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