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This September, Cambridge University Library will once again be welcoming members of the public as part of the Open Cambridge weekend. And to mark our 600th anniversary, the Library will, for the first time, also be taking part in the Bridge the Gap walk.

Mapping Cambridge: A visual story of the city

Saturday 10 September

Free drop-in session: 10.00-16.00

Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library

Explore the rich history of Cambridge told in a unique way, through the extensive collection of historical maps held by the University Library. This is a rare chance to see some of the exciting and valuable treasures which provide an impressive visual embodiment of the history of our city.

The University Library through the ages: a historic institution focuses on the future

Saturday 10 September

Free drop-in tours at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 and 15.00

Meet in the Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library

Witness the creation of the Cambridge University Digital Library in action, with a talk from expert staff about digitisation, the processes involved and the value for future generations of researchers. Learn about 3D imaging techniques and see our recently-acquired large format X-Y-Z machine in action!

Bridge the Gap

Sunday 11 September

First start time is at 09.30. Route finishes at 14.00.

Starts on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge.

Tickets essential. To register, visit:

Cambridge is a vibrant city steeped in history and full of amazing spaces to discover. The Bridge the Gap walk explores these spaces, inviting you inside a selection of the Cambridge buildings and gardens. This year, participants will have a rare opportunity to walk part of the route through the University Library. Bridge the Gap supports the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.

The full Open Cambridge programme can be viewed online via