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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!