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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cambridge University Library loans two medieval manuscripts to the British Library

Two of Cambridge University Library’s most precious medieval manuscripts are now on public display as part of the British Library’s exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War (19 October 2018-19 February 2019). The ‘ Moore Bede ’ and the ‘Book of Cerne’ join manuscripts and artefacts from collections across the world...

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Celebrating 150 years of the Royal Commonwealth Society

This year the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) collection at Cambridge University Library is celebrating two very significant anniversaries: 150 years since the society’s formation in 1868 and 25 years since the University acquired its library in 1993. To mark these anniversaries, the University Library has added over 100...

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Black Cantabs: History Makers exhibition opens at the University Library

Today, 1 October, marks the start of Black History Month and in celebration the University Library officially opened its latest exhibition, Black Cantabs: History Makers . This exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today. In...

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On A Roll: The Latest Addition to Cambridge University Library’s Collection of Medieval Manuscripts

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the acquisition of a late 13th-century rental roll originally made for the Augustinian priory of Holy Trinity, Ipswich. The roll was purchased using funds from an endowment bequeathed by Dr Dorothea Oschinsky. Last noticed in 1847, when its contents were transcribed and...

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Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week (23-29 September), the University Library looks at a collection called ‘Arc’ (from the Latin ‘arcana’, meaning ‘secret things’). In the early years of the twentieth century, in common with other major British research libraries, the University Library created the ‘Arc’ class for books considered...

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Cambridge University Library achieves national accreditation

Cambridge University Library is delighted to be awarded the Archive Service Accreditation from The National Archives and this week we marked this special award at a certificate-giving ceremony. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the UK’s archive heritage...

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Puppet plays join Fräulein Else as first texts to be added to Arthur Schnitzler digital portal

A significant part of the literary estate of the Austrian modernist writer, Arthur Schnitzler, is held in Cambridge University Library, having been saved by the intercession of a Cambridge student from probable destruction at the hands of the Nazis in Vienna in 1938. Eighty years later, the UK editorial team for the new...

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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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