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Cambridge University Library is the main research library of the University of Cambridge, and one of the six legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The library houses approximately eight million books, maps, manuscripts and...more
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Library West Road | Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

We scheduled about an hour to visit this library. 3 hours later we just had to have a break and have tea in the cafeteria. The many stacks of books are amazing. Had to visit the music library, and went next door to the bible...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the T-S Genizah Research Unit (pre-booked tickets essential) and were overwhelmed by the original documents from up to 1000 years ago. A fragment of a document that has only been seen in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a letter from Maimonides to his brother...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Good library and historical one. There are plenty of things that you can find out here with everyone can visit

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

I don't know whether the library allows many visitors. But if you are lucky enough to have a chance to visit, then you should. I have never been to another library so big! Its lovely wide and tall gound floor corridors are stunning. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This place always humbles me. It is both monumental and elegant and it functions very well indeed. Like a cross between Gormenghast and 2 Willow Road. And to think my great great uncle [ A Hutchinson, Master of Pembroke ] had a hand in its...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is an excellent Library with a remarkable range of books and manuscripts. The tea room is oddly poor for vegetarians, so for example the only vegetarian sandwiches were rather tired egg on white bread. Day after day. For a university town it seems strange...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank John S
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Using a free one week ticket as a private researcher, I was able to access an item I could not find elsewher, or obtain through inter-library loan. Staff very pleasant, and helpful, especially when I fell off my chair in the Rare Books Room. Thank...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The building is placed outside centre of Cambridge with still with easy walking access from the main tourist attractions. Great please for everyone that loves books.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

You can easily walk here from the town centre, about 15 minutes from Sainsburys and all of it in old lanes or on leafy pathways. Once you have your reader's ticket ... take photo ID and a utilities bill or your bank statement for the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank mrkettering100
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The collections there are amazing. I was most impressed with the Cambridge Reporter - I randomly picked one and read with immense interest and awe the examination paper of Theology in 1850!!! Terrific!

Date of experience: July 2017
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