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Cambridge University Library

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Address: Library West Road | Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England
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+44 1223 333030
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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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Amazing library

I would like to stay there for a few days if it is possible. But I only have less than 1 hr. Hopefully next time.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would like to stay there for a few days if it is possible. But I only have less than 1 hr. Hopefully next time.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Cambridge is a wonderful city which I visit frequently but hadn't been to the university library previously. The staff are welcoming and so knowledgeable. We enjoyed the exhibition spaces very much.

Thank Karen C
Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

This is a serious hub to access information and I would like to thank the staff for a great research visit, especially to the Taylor-Schechter Geniza collection. Thank you to Dr. Ben Outhwaite and to Kim Phillips for all their research. Simply the best of the best and it was a privilege to be able to access such important and... More 

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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.

Thank Kulandam J
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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.

Somerset, United Kingdom
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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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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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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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Royston,Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

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

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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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