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Throughout 2016, Cambridge University Library is celebrating 600 years as one of the world’s greatest libraries, and you can join us in celebrating this momentous anniversary by getting involved with our dynamic programme of events and ways to support us.

The wills of William Loring and William Hunden, both proved in March 1416, bequeathed books to ‘the common library of all scholars of the University’. Over the course of the last six centuries, the Library’s collections have grown from a few dozen volumes on a handful of subjects into an accumulation of several million books, maps, manuscripts and journals, augmented by an ever-increasing range of electronic resources.

The second major exhibition of the year, Curious Objects tells the story of the Library through its more unusual and unexpected items. From an ostrich feather and ectoplasm to an old boot and a boomerang, the curious objects on display until 21 March 2017 come from all corners of the world and span every era of human history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. 

 

 


With thanks to our supporters: the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation and

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