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New cathedral (of books) opens for business

Visitors to Ely may spot a new landmark on the city’s horizon aside from its famous 1,000-year-old cathedral – a vast, new state-of-the-art storage facility for hundreds of thousands of books belonging to Cambridge University Library and other university collections. The £17m Library Storage Facility (LSF), which was...

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Banished books: Exhibition reveals fabled Tower Collection at Cambridge University Library

It is an icon of the Cambridge skyline that has inspired authors from CS Lewis to Stephen Fry – and been an enduring source of undergraduate legend for its mythical collection of Victorian pornography. From today, the treasures of Cambridge University Library’s fabled 17-storey Tower Collection, chosen from nearly a...

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The Bowlt-Misler Collection: announcement of forthcoming donation of thousands of books on Russian art

On Friday 20 April, Professor John Bowlt announced that he will donate his library to the University Library as the Bowlt-Misler Collection. A highly distinguished art historian of late Imperial and early Soviet visual culture, and the 2015-16 Cambridge Slade Professor of Fine Art, Professor Bowlt has built his library...

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A Stray Sumerian Tablet: Unravelling the story behind Cambridge University Library’s oldest written object

The story surrounding the oldest written document at one of the world’s great research libraries has been unravelled in a new film. A Stray Sumerian Tablet has been published today by Cambridge University Library and focuses on a diminutive clay tablet, written by a scribe in ancient Iraq, some 4,200 years ago. A...

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Winner announced for the Art History/University Library Curatorial Prize

Congratulations go to Lizzie Marx, a PhD student of the University of Cambridge, who has been awarded the Art History/University Library Curatorial Prize 2018. Smelly Remedy: Womb Fumigation Illustrated in 17th Century Print has been curated from items found in the University Library collections, and tells the story of how...

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From shelf to screen; behind-the-scenes of the Digital Content Unit

Cambridge University Library’s Digital Content Unit (DCU) have produced a film to provide a glimpse at the journey from our shelves to your screens via Cambridge Digital Library . This behind the scenes view sheds light on the process of digitisation at the University Library and some of complex steps our collections go...

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Photographs of admirers sent to Charles Darwin go online for the first time to mark Darwin’s 209th birthday

In 1877 Charles Darwin was sent some unusual birthday presents: two lavishly produced albums of portrait photographs from continental admirers. To mark Darwin’s 209 th birthday, Cambridge University Library have made these albums available online for the first time, free and publically accessible via the Cambridge Digital...

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University Library invites you to Color our Collections

The University Library is delighted to be taking part for the second time in the international museum, library and archive Color Our Collections week, running from 5-9 February. Curators from institutions around the world have been selecting images from their collections for members of the public to download and colour...

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Posters of the women’s suffrage movement to mark #vote100 go on display at Cambridge University Library

100-year-old women’s suffrage posters rediscovered in Cambridge University Library’s collection have gone on display for the first time, marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act that saw women over 30 given the parliamentary vote. Six of the 14 women’s suffrage posters from our Poster Collection have...

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University Library celebrates LGBT History Month

At 157 feet tall, Cambridge University Library’s iconic tower is one of the tallest structures in the city, and for the first part of February will fly the rainbow flag to mark LGBT History Month, an annual event promoting equality and diversity by Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people...

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