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Did you know that the University Library is home to a world-class collection of handwritten and rare printed books, archives and correspondence, artefacts and objects? Would you like the chance to see some of these treasures in the flesh?

To mark the beginning of the academic year, we are holding a series of Treasures of the University Library talks to showcase eight of the most ancient, spectacular and significant handwritten and printed books, objects and artefacts from across Cambridge University Library.

Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout October, one of our expert curators will exhibit a single object from the University Library’s collection. You can hear about how they were made, who owned them, how they have survived, and why they are essential to our study of human civilization across the millennia.

Anyone with a reader’s card for the main University Library is welcome to come along to these free drop-in talks. They will be held in the North Reading Room at 10am and then repeated at 12pm and 2pm. Talks will last approximately 10 minutes, with time afterwards to take a closer look at the object and ask questions.

  • Tues 4th Oct: Music
  • Thurs 6th Oct: Charles Darwin
  • Tues 11th Oct: Maps
  • Thurs 13th Oct: Chinese
  • Tues 18th Oct: Near Eastern
  • Thurs 20th Oct: Medieval manuscripts
  • Tues 25th Oct: Cairo Genizah
  • Thurs 27th Oct: Rare Books

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