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Hands-On Mechanical Puzzles

Hands-On Mechanical PuzzlesA quieter space to explore the Lilly Library's unique collection of mechanical puzzlesDepartmentLibraries9:00 am - 3:00 pm Puzzle Patch


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Experience a selection of hands-on puzzles from the Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection. Try the different types of mechanical puzzles that you can find at IU’s Lilly Library. Mechanical puzzles are hand-held, three-dimensional 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 on our new puzzle cart.

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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Sanitizer Available
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