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Tall Tales: Secrets of The Tower

Exhibition coming soon! Opens 2 May until 28 October 2018

Throughout its history the Tower of Cambridge University Library has generated awe, rumour, myth and fascination. The Tower was an afterthought, built to house copyright collections deemed of ‘secondary’ importance. Now the Tower and its collections inform contemporary research, inspire writers, and represent over a century of British literary, domestic and popular history. You are invited to uncover the secret history of this remarkable structure.

Guided Tower tours for the public will be available. Details coming soon.

Public tours

Every last Saturday of the month 11.30-12.45

Join one of our public tours for your chance to see inside Cambridge University Library. Bookings must be placed in advance by contacting the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501, email: £10 per person. 17s and over. Tours start at the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre.

Guided tours for large or private groups can be arranged in advance by contacting

TOUR | 23 May 17:45 - 18:30 | FRIENDS

Tower Tour: Tall Tales

Friends are again invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the tower. Explore a range of Victorian fiction, folktales and fables.

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EVENT | 26 Jun 18:00 - 20:00 | FRIENDS

Friends Summer Party

Join us for Summer celebrations in an impressive setting at the Library. Enjoy drinks, nibbles, entertainment, exhibitions and excellent company!

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Our exciting new app allows you to turn the pages and interact with six of the greatest written works in human history.

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