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Understanding our place among the stars: the latest film in our Lines of Thought series

The most important publication in the history of science – Isaac Newton’s own annotated copy of Principia Mathematica – and other seminal works by Copernicus, Einstein and Stephen Hawking, feature in our latest Lines of Thought film celebrating 600 years of Cambridge University Library. On the Shoulders of Giants –...

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Diaries of Captain Scott's widow secured for Cambridge University Library

The diaries of Captain Scott’s widow – and the papers of her second husband, Lord Kennet – will be made accessible to researchers at Cambridge University Library following their acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax. Kathleen Scott, the sculptor and widow of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, married journalist and politician...

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Search begins for new Cambridge University Librarian as Anne Jarvis accepts new appointment

Both Anne Jarvis and Cambridge University Library are embarking on exciting new chapters. After sixteen years at Cambridge, Anne Jarvis has accepted the post of University Librarian at Princeton University, and will step down from her current role this September. The University will now move to appoint a new University...

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From Stratford to Swahililand: family event at Cambridge University Library to mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare

On Saturday 23 April it will be 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, and so Cambridge University Library are marking the anniversary with a free drop-in family event at the main UL, organised jointly with the Faculty of English. 'Shakespeare for all ages and all times' will feature a fast-paced programme of...

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World first as 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bone is 3D printed

The earliest-known example of Chinese writing – written more than 3,000 years ago on the bones of an ox – has become the world’s first Chinese oracle bone to be scanned and printed in 3D thanks to a collaboration between Cambridge University Library and the Media Studio of Addenbrooke's Hospital. The 3D image brings into...

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University Library World War 1 materials go on display at Cambridge Central Library

A selection of World War 1 materials from Cambridge University Library (UL) is now on display at Cambridge Central Library. The display will take place on the first floor of the Central Library from 16 March - 9 April. Visitors to the Central Library will have an opportunity to view a selection of books and magazines that...

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Join us for our series of 600th exhibition curator tours

Cambridge University Library will be offering a variety of ways for visitors in person to interact with our 600th anniversary exhibition, Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the World . These include Friday Hosted Visits, General Tours and Specialist Curator Tours. Friday Hosted Visits Every Friday morning between...

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Explore texts that changed the world in the free downloadable iPad app released by Cambridge University Library

To coincide with our 600th anniversary, Cambridge University Library has released a free downloadable iPad app that allows readers to leaf through the pages of texts that changed the world, including those by Newton and Darwin, and the Bible that sparked the printing revolution in the West. Words that Changed the World...

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Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary exhibition features iconic objects spanning 4,000 years of recorded thought

Some of the world’s most valuable books and manuscripts – texts which have altered the very fabric of our understanding – will go on display this week as we celebrate 600 years of Cambridge University Library with a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of our greatest treasures. Lines of Thought: Discoveries that Changed the...

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University Library tower lit up for the first time during the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival 2016

The University Library’s iconic 17-storey tower was lit up as part of the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival 2016. This spectacular display of light coincided with the Library’s momentous 600th anniversary which is being celebrated throughout 2016. Over six evenings, the city of Cambridge was transformed by unique light art...

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