Baker-Berry Library Tour Information

The Baker-Berry Library offers a number of tour options throughout the year to faculty, staff, students and visitors. We hope you’ll take advantage of the tours to learn more about the Library, its services, and collections.

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Baker Bell Tower Tours

Baker-Berry opens the Bell Tower eight times during the year to allow visitors an opportunity to enjoy a campus view from above the trees. The self-guided tower tour/climb is very popular; especially during First Year Family Weekend. Approximately 3000 visitors experience the tour each year.
To learn more about the history of the bell tower and upcoming tour dates, please visit the Baker Library Bell Tower web site.


José Clemente Orozco’s Epic of American Civilization

The Epic of American Civilization, painted by the Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco between 1932 and 1934 is in the reserve corridor of Baker Library. The mural covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society, the mural is composed of twenty-four individual panels, or "scenes," and covers approximately 3,200 square feet.

View the mural whenever the reserve room is open.

Click here to download a pdf file of the Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth College Library free brochure entitled Orozco at Dartmouth.
Click here, then here, to download the sections of the visitor's guide from the brochure.

Tours of the mural are provided free of charge by the Hood Museum. Both adult and school tours tours can be arranged by contacting the Hood Tour Coordinator at least one month in advance of the tour date requested by e-mail or phone (603) 646-1469. Click here for more information about the museum's school programs.

Experience the Epic of American Civilization with an Audio Tour.

The Hood Museum and Dartmouth College Library collaborated to create an audio tour as a new way to experience the José Clemente Orozco murals in the Baker Reserve Corridor. Content for the audio tour was prepared by Mary Coffey, Assistant Professor of North American and Latin American Art at Dartmouth.
Individuals interested in listening to the audio tour can borrow iPods at the Reserves Desk or download one of several audio files from the Hood Museum website.

Dartmouth New Employee Library Tours

Library tours for new Dartmouth employees are coordinated through Human Resources and generally happen every other Monday at around 2:00 PM beginning in the Main Hall of Baker Library. The purpose of the tour is to introduce new employees to the Dartmouth College Library and to its many services. 

For more information or to schedule an employee tour, please contact Greg Potter.