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£500 of offer to student book-collectors

Cambridge University Library is offering students the chance to win £500 by building their own book collections.

The Rose Book-Collecting Prize was endowed in 2006 and is believed to be the first of its kind offered by any European university. As well as the £500 prize money, the winner will be offered 10 years’ free membership of the Friends of Cambridge University Library.

The 2015-16 prize was awarded to Edwin Rose of Darwin College for his collection of books on 'Popular natural history and natural philosophy of the eighteenth century’.

How to enter

To enter, students should submit a list of their collection together with a short essay, explaining the theme and significance of the collection, by the first day of the Lent full term, Tuesday 17 January 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to talk about their collection to the judges.

Entries should include:

(a) a completed application cover sheet (download in .pdf format or .doc format);
(b) an essay of not more than 500 words explaining the genesis of the collection, what its interest is to the owner, and ideas for future development;
(c) a bibliographic list of the books, with brief annotations (maximum 10 A4 sides in all, including the essay).

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives (tel: 01223 333149; Entries may be sent by post to Dr Suzanne Paul, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR, or by email to (email is preferred where possible).