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24-hour library book dropbox opens at the Sidgwick site

A 24-hour library book dropbox has recently been installed at the Sidgwick site, home to many Cambridge departmental libraries in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of a trial. The box is the first of its kind to allow users of several Cambridge libraries to return books at a central location. The book drop...

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Sandars Lectures 2016-17: “A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections on Fifty Years of Book Collecting” by Toshiyuki Takamiya

The Reader for the 2016-17 series of Sandars Lectures is Toshiyuki Takamiya, Emeritus Professor of Keio University. The title of his Lectures is: 'A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections on Fifty Years of Book Collecting'. Professor Takamiya's connection with Cambridge is long-standing. He first came here in...

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Cambridge welcomes Dr Jessica Gardner as new University Librarian

Dr Jessica Gardner has been revealed as the new Librarian of Cambridge University Library – becoming the second female in the history of the institution to hold the role. Dr Gardner is currently Director of Library Services and University Librarian at the University of Bristol, and will take up her new post at Cambridge in...

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Newly-discovered Erasmus Darwin nature printed book amongst items in new virtual exhibition

A newly-discovered nature printed book features alongside other curiosities in Cambridge University Library’s new virtual exhibition, Collected Curiosities . It belonged to Dr Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin, and was previously owned and possibly produced by Erasmus’s eldest son, also called Charles, who died...

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Royals to visit Cambridge to celebrate Library’s 600th anniversary

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will have the chance to meet staff from Cambridge University Library during a special visit to the University of Cambridge on Tuesday 29 November. The royal visit is being hosted at the Fitzwilliam Museum and will mark the museum’s 200th anniversary and Cambridge University...

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Spirit trumpets and paintings from Pompeii: 600 years of curious objects

Why does Cambridge University Library, one of the world’s great research libraries, have ‘ectoplasm’, a spirit trumpet and beard hair posted to Charles Darwin among its eight million books, manuscripts and digital collections? The answers lie in the second major exhibition of the Library’s 600th anniversary – Curious...

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Futurelib’s Tracker project underway

Cambridge University Library’s Futurelib Innovation Progamme has recently embarked on its “Tracker” project, which over Michaelmas Term 2016 will examine the user experience of physical library spaces at the University of Cambridge. The project hopes to provide insights into how students navigate libraries, with the...

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Open in Action: Open Access Week, 24-30 October 2016

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research — to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. The Office of Scholarly Communication at...

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Abstract art from Kettle’s Yard now on display at Cambridge University Library

A new exhibition of abstract art from Kettle’s Yard’s is now on display in the Entrance Hall of the main University Library, a partnership to celebrate both Kettle’s Yard’s 50th and Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversaries. In Search of New Forms draws on Kettle’s Yard’s extensive collection holdings of abstract...

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Newly digitised archive sheds light on 19th-century astronomical phenomenon

This month sees the launch of a new collection on the Cambridge Digital Library, drawing on Cambridge University Library archives and the private collection of Dr Charlotte Tupman to give a vivid account of the British expeditions of 1874 to observe the rare astronomical phenomenon of the transit of Venus. Occurring in...

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