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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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William Morris’s Beowulf – get an inside view on a troubled, but beautiful, translation

University Library’s free new app goes behind the scenes on the publishing of the Old English epic poem Download Words that Changed the World on the Apple Store William Morris’s publication of a translation of Beowulf was arguably the most problematic book project he undertook. Only 300 paper copies were ever produced and...

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Exhibition of Woven Manuscripts now on display

A new exhibition at Cambridge University Library transforms medieval manuscripts into a colourful display of tapestries. Woven Manuscripts by art historian and weaver, Kate Rudy, brings colour and texture to the Entrance Hall of the Library, with inspiration for each artwork sparked off by items from the Library’s Special...

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24-hour library book dropbox opens at the Sidgwick site

A 24-hour library book dropbox has recently been installed at the Sidgwick site, home to many Cambridge departmental libraries in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of a trial. The box is the first of its kind to allow users of several Cambridge libraries to return books at a central location. The book drop...

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Sandars Lectures 2016-17: “A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections on Fifty Years of Book Collecting” by Toshiyuki Takamiya

The Reader for the 2016-17 series of Sandars Lectures is Toshiyuki Takamiya, Emeritus Professor of Keio University. The title of his Lectures is: 'A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections on Fifty Years of Book Collecting'. Professor Takamiya's connection with Cambridge is long-standing. He first came here in...

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