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A party in the Reading Room? How scandalous! For one night only the Library invites its Friends and supporters to a special summer celebration in its most impressive venue. With chance to meet the new Librarian over drinks and nibbles, view a special dedicated exhibition, and enjoy a performance from the Cambridge University Trumpet Ensemble, it really will be an evening to remember!

Reading Room

So why not take this chance to break all the rules and see out the academic year with a glass of bubbly (or two!)? If you would like to attend, you can join the Friends from just £35 a year (£10 for students) at or by picking up a leaflet in the Library. You can then book your ticket online or via Kim Greed, our Friends Coordinator (details below).

As a Friend you will be providing valuable support to the Library as well as gaining access to a whole range of benefits and events, such as the Summer Party. From behind-the-scenes visits and tours up the tower, to publications and updates from the Library, Friends are right at the heart of the action at the Library. 

We are extremely grateful to our Friends, who help the Library with the cost of acquisitions, conservation and access. Friends not only contribute to resources available to Library Readers, but they contribute to the provision of free public access to Library treasures through the Library’s dedicated exhibition centre, and they support the Cambridge Digital Library which offers free world-wide access online to special collections.

It is for this reason that we will be hosting this event and closing the Main Reading Room and West Room early, which will be no easy feat! The Library will be taking every action possible to minimise the impact on readers and safeguard the collections, and since this is the quietest time of year for the Library, we hope to cause as little disruption as possible. 

For more information on joining the Friends or the Summer Party please contact our Friends Coordinator at or 01223 765362. Further details on the Party are also available on the Library’s What’s On page.