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Cambridge University Library at 600

Cambridge University Library at 600

Cambridge University Library is celebrating 600 years as one of the world’s greatest libraries with a programme of events and activities for all the family running from March 2016 to March 2017.

The University Library first appears by name in March 1416, when the wills of two men, William Loring and William Hunden, left books to the Library for the use of the students of the University of Cambridge. Having started life as a small collection of a few dozen volumes stored in wooden chests, the University Library today holds more than 8 million books, manuscripts, maps, journals and an increasing number of electronic resources, covering all possible subjects.

The Library is celebrating its role at the heart of the University and city of Cambridge with two spectacular public exhibitions, and a range of outreach events and workshops in Cambridge and the surrounding towns and villages. These include family activities, exhibition tours, and talks on subjects from Shakespeare to scientific discoveries.

A full list of these events can be found at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/600 and by following @theUL and #ul600.

To help support the Library, and to gain access to special events, we encourage you to join the Friends of the Library, a community that helps to safeguard the Library’s past, present and future. Membership offers a range of benefits, including exclusive talks and events, access behind the scenes, and for the 600th anniversary, the chance to have a tour of the Library’s iconic 17-storey tower! Full details are available from www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends

The Library has also launched a free-to-download iPad app including six of the greatest treasures in the Library’s collection, with leading researchers explaining why they are so important to the world, today and into the future. Search the App Store for ‘Words that Changed the World’, or follow the link:

Click here to download

"Portrait of Professor Stephen Hawking with Sir Isaac Newton's own annotated copy of his Principia Mathematica, arguably the most important work in the history of science, by Graham CopeKoga, commissioned by Cambridge University Library for its 600th anniversary."

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