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Cambridge Science Festival set to 'light up' Library collections

Bookings are now open for the Cambridge Science Festival 2015. To coincide with the UNESCO International Year of Light, this year's Festival runs from 9-22 March and offers light-themed talks, workshops and exhibitions across the city. Cambridge University Library will be offering a series of special events as part of the...

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Portraits of literary giants feature in a new photography exhibition at Cambridge University Library

A series of compelling portraits including those of literary giants are on display in Cambridge University Library’s Entrance Hall, in their new artwork exhibition by the American photographer, Judith Aronson. Likenesses explores the intimate relationship between photographer and subject. Presenting writers, actors and...

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Cambridge University Library’s unique WW2 collection goes on display in New York

A unique collection of literary works that were published following the German retreat from French soil held by Cambridge University Library (UL) is now on public display in New York’s Grolier Club , America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. The items will be on display...

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Former Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

The Queen has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2014 to Imtiaz Dharker, a former Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library. The Poetry Medal Committee, chaired by the current Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Anne Duffy, was unanimous in recommending Dharker as the recipient of the award, on the...

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Crown jewels of English lute music go online on Cambridge Digital Library

Cambridge Digital Library has launched a new Music Collection with the online release of the 'crown jewels' of English lute music. Dating from the late 16th and early 17th century, the manuscripts contain handwritten copies of scores by John Dowland, Francis Cutting and dozens of other early modern composers. Digital...

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The evolution of Darwin’s Origin: Cambridge releases 12,000 papers online

The origins of Darwin’s theory of evolution – including the pages where he first coins and commits to paper the term ‘natural selection’ – are being made freely available online today in one of the most significant releases of Darwin material in history. In total, Cambridge Digital Library (

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Shortlist revealed for Library landscape design competition

The University Library and the Department of Architecture have revealed the shortlist for a design competition to attract bold re-imaginings of the open spaces and environment of the iconic Giles Gilbert Scott building. The competition, made possible by a generous gift from Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, provided the...

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Private Lives of Print: exhibition to celebrate early printed books

A unique copy of the Gutenberg Bible – Europe’s first printed book using moveable type – is to go on display in a spectacular exhibition charting how books were simultaneously cherished and embellished, mistreated and even vandalised in the first century of the printed age. Private Lives of Print: The use and abuse of...

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