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University Library to open its doors for a weekend of exclusive talks and tours

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...

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Lines of Thought: From Darwin to DNA

Darwin’s stuffed pigeons, the letter which first coined the term ‘genetics’ and a paper by Crick and Watson which helped decode DNA all feature in the latest film to celebrate Cambridge University Library’s 600th anniversary . The University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition of priceless...

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Appointment of Acting University Librarian announced

The chairman of the Library Syndicate, Professor Graham Virgo is pleased to announce that Professor Christopher Young, currently Deputy Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, has been appointed Acting University Librarian as of 1 October 2016. A fellow of Pembroke College and Professor of Modern and Medieval Languages...

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Statement from the Chair of the Library Syndicate

Cambridge University Library congratulates Sue Mehrer on her new appointment as Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Sue joined Cambridge University Library in 2006 and has been Deputy University Librarian for more than seven years. Professor Graham Virgo, Chairman of the Library Syndicate said: “It is a...

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Anonymous Individuals: exhibition at Cambridge University Library to represent the art of learning

A new exhibition at Cambridge University Library will feature a collection of artworks created by people living through difficult circumstances in the Cambridgeshire area. Anonymous Individuals presents 45 collage self-portraits that have been created through local non-profit, GAP Learning, and will be on display in the...

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From breakfast mat to historical record – Joseph Needham’s travel diaries and photographs in Wartime China, 1943-1946

At dawn on the 16th August, 1943, Joseph Needham and his travelling companions woke up in a beautiful Taoist temple at Miaotaizi 廟台子. They had failed to make it to their destination the previous day as the only road had been blocked by trucks stranded at a river ford. They set off at 6.15am, and then stopped for breakfast...

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Library Conservator, Emma Nichols, Awarded Wellcome Trust Research Bursary

We are delighted to announce that Emma Nichols, a Book and Paper Conservator at Cambridge University Library, has recently been awarded a Research Bursary from the Wellcome Trust. Emma has been the conservator for the WWII Changi Internment Camp Archives from Singapore, which form part of the Royal Commonwealth Society...

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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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