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This September, Cambridge University Library is hosting two exclusive drop-in tours during the Open Cambridge weekend, part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.

More serious business: Behind the scenes at the University Library’s Waterloo exhibition

Friday 11 – Saturday 12 September

Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library

An exclusive opportunity to see behind the scenes of ‘A Damned Serious Business’, the University Library’s exhibition about Waterloo, ‘the battle and its books’. Highlights include rare and historically important battle plans and other remarkable items displayed together for the first time. Visitors will have unique access to significant additional content, giving a more in depth view of both the battle itself and its consequences. Younger visitors can test their knowledge against the ‘What’s what at Waterloo’ quiz.

Drop-in sessions 09:00 - 13:00. All ages, full access.

The University Library though the ages: A historic institution focuses on the future

Friday 11 – Saturday 12 September

Meet in Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library

Visitors will be able to see 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. The importance of preserving historical documents and the information contained therein cannot be underestimated. The Digital Library provides access to significant rare books, manuscripts and other items held by the University Library at any time and from anywhere in the world. Limited spaces - arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Tours will be held at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. Suitable for adults, partial access.

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