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Viewing manuscripts in the Library

Manuscripts can be consulted in the Library in person with a valid Library membership which permits access special Collection Materials.

You can book a place and pre-order manuscripts by submitting this form, which can be found along other information here.

When in the Library, you may take photographs of authorised materials consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room for non-commercial research and private study only. Please note that general photography (e.g. of people, locations and reading rooms) is not permitted.

Digital copies 

To order digital copies of manuscripts, please request copies or images . The Libraries Digital Content Unit is in charge of this service and will reply to your request with a quote. Please also consult this site for pricing and permission to publish.

Digitised manuscripts

Some manuscripts can be consulted from the Cambridge Digital Library :

A selection of Islamic Manuscripts

The Arabic Papyri of the Michaelides Collection

A small selection of Ethiopian Manuscripts 

Three precious manuscripts of the Royal Asiatic Society on permanent loan in Cambridge University Library

The Mingana-Lewis Palimpsest and the reconstruction of the Quranic undertext

The (presumingly) 12th C Syriac Bible - known as the Buchanan Bible 

Contact the curator

For any further enquiries please contact :

Yasmin Faghihi - Head of Near and Middle Eastern Department/ Fihrist content editor, Cambridge University Library, UK.