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Early American Newspapers online: Major new acquisition connects Cambridge teaching and research to a deeper understanding of American history

The University of Cambridge continues to build on its worldwide reputation for the study of American history by supporting researchers with an ever expanding collection of online resources. In May 2017 the Cambridge University Library Syndicate approved the acquisition of the Readex company’s unparalleled digitization of...

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Student RAG Appeal receives £4,000 donation raised through University Library fines

The largest single donation to the University’s Student RAG Appeal was handed over this week by Cambridge University Library. Each year the University Library pledges to donate a portion of library fines to the RAG Appeal, the University’s largest student charity organisation. On Monday 31 July, University Librarian, Dr...

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Cambridge libraries are key to success in TEF Gold Award

The University of Cambridge has recently been awarded the Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) . HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, describe the TEF as aiming to “recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning, and help inform prospective students’ choices for higher...

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Portrait of Cambridge’s first female University Librarian is unveiled

If you have ever visited the landing outside the Librarian’s Office at the University Library, you will have seen the portraits of those who have held the prestigious position of University Librarian over the past 500 years. On Friday 7 July, the portrait of the University of Cambridge’s first female University Librarian...

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See the world’s first printed book up close: the Gutenberg Bible

Turn its pages and hear all about the birth of mass communication Download Words that Changed the World on the Apple Store When it first appeared in the mid-15th century, the Gutenberg Bible marked the beginning of a revolution in human communications every bit as influential as the birth of the World Wide Web. It was the...

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Breaking the Reading Room rules, for one night only!

A party in the Reading Room? How scandalous! For one night only the Library invites its Friends and supporters to a special summer celebration in its most impressive venue. With chance to meet the new Librarian over drinks and nibbles, view a special dedicated exhibition, and enjoy a performance from the Cambridge...

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Interact with Darwin as never before

UL’s new app makes his seminal text accessible to all Download Words that Changed the World on the Apple Store It was the controversial bestseller of its time, based on some 20 years of research and experimentation – and a five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle. One thing that was very clear when Charles Darwin wrote his book...

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Discarded History exhibition lifts the lid on 1,000 years of medieval history

Treasures from the world’s largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts – chronicling 1,000 years of history in Old Cairo – have gone on display in Cambridge for a six-month-long exhibition at Cambridge University Library. Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo opened to the public on...

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Get under the skin of Renaissance anatomy

Cambridge University Library's free app celebrates ground-breaking anatomical illustrations – the world’s first pop-up book Download Words that Changed the World on the Apple Store Epitome is a landmark in the history of science, published almost 500 years ago. It was the first printed book to accurately depict human...

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Work begins on a new Off-Site Storage Facility

When you’re a Legal Deposit library holding more than eight million books and manuscripts, one million maps, and have been entitled to request a copy of every UK publication since 1710, space can be at something of a premium. And despite Cambridge University Library having room for more than 2.5 million books on its open...

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