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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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Exhibition in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard and artist Georgie Grace comes to Cambridge University Library

This year Cambridge University Library celebrates its 600th anniversary and one of the first events to mark this momentous year is an exhibition in the entrance hall of the Library in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard and artist Georgie Grace. The horizon is the point of no return is curated by Georgie Grace, whose two...

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A pipeline from heaven: online exhibition highlights eight centuries of Dominican books

In 2016 Dominican friars celebrate the 800th anniversary of the foundation of their order. To mark the event, Cambridge University Library is hosting A pipeline from heaven , an online exhibition highlighting eight centuries of Dominican books. St Dominic settled a religious community of preachers at Saint-Romain in...

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Cambridge Science Festival: exploring spy maps to séances at Cambridge University Library

To celebrate the Library’s 600th anniversary , join us for a series of Cambridge Science Festival events at the University Library and uncover diverse collections and archives: from spy maps to séances. The Festival runs from 7-20 March 2016 with bookings open from Monday 8 February at 10.30am. This year, the Festival...

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A celebration of the Arthur Schnitzler Literary Archive remaining at Cambridge University Library

Pictured: Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor of English Private Law in the Faculty of Law and Chair of the Library Syndicate (left), and Michael Schnitzler, grandson of Arthur Schnitzler (right). A reception to celebrate the signing of the formal agreement between Michael and Peter...

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Newton, Darwin, Shakespeare – and an envelope of ectoplasm: Cambridge University Library at 600

Throughout 2016, Cambridge University Library will celebrate 600 years as one of the world's greatest libraries with a spectacular exhibition of priceless treasures – and a second show throwing light on our more weird and wonderful collections. Older than the British Library and the Vatican Library, Cambridge University...

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‘Books and Beasts’ medieval manuscript mystery solved

A Cambridge University Library conservator and the library’s manuscripts have helped to solve a longstanding mystery. In the thirteenth century, thousands of so-called Paris Bibles were produced – small format portable bibles written on tissue-thin leaves of parchment. For years scholars have wondered about the source of...

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