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Cambridge University Library

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Address: Library West Road | Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England
Phone Number: +44 1223 333030
09:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cambridge University Library is the main research library of the University...

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 journals, augmented by an ever-increasing range of electronic resources.

The library welcomes users from all over the world; readers aged 18 years of age or over are able to register and access the library.

For visitors, the Milstein exhibition centre showcases some of the library's collections. Each exhibition runs for around six months, and are free of charge and open to all ages.

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If you are in Cambridge it's worth to visit this library

I have been there as a visiting scholar for Cambridge university that is why I just had to sign in my name and all the access was free. A great variety of literature resources... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I have been there as a visiting scholar for Cambridge university that is why I just had to sign in my name and all the access was free. A great variety of literature resources, quiet atmosphere, everything supposes serious research.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I visited the University Library with friends. To be honest, I did not find it particularly interesting. I am glad that I have now visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We absolutely recommend this most wonderfully mind blowing exhibition where one can enjoy communing with the thoughts of many of mankind's original thinkers AND gazing at historical documents.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Very impressive, huge building with a similar style industrial style to the Tate Modern in London (no surprise, both by Gilbert Scott). Popped in as we walked passed as we noticed there was a [free] exhibition on, and well worth the diversion to see some original material from 4000BC to the present day and from the likes of Newton, Darwin,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Enjoyed a really interesting free tour of the Historical printing room as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Very knowledgeable guides who made it accessible and entertaining.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

We visited their exhibition of ancient literature and were delighted to view Gutenberg Bibles - thank you

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

I happened to walk past Library when the Waterloo Books exhibition was ongoing. it was free entry. The library is set in a very nice and large area. very friendly staff at the reception. Enjoyed being there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

After spending 6 years as both an undergraduate and doctoral student in Cambridge, I still feel amazed whenever I visit the UL. As a copyright library, it has one of the largest collections of books in the world. It is definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

I enjoyed a temporary exhibit about Napoleon and Waterloo and then spent an additional hour visiting various floors and reading rooms. This is a massive library and worth a visit just to soak up some of the history. The collection consists of more than 8 million items and has 600 year old roots, although the current building, constructed in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

A substantial number of documents from the priceless Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection are available digitally online. However, if you are part of an organized group, you can contact the Library and arrange for a visit (minimum 12 people; maximum 40) which will showcase a selection of the fragments. This window into 10th-13th century Mediterranean life is truly extraordinary. I've been to... More 

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