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Cambridge University Library

Library West Road | Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England
+44 1223 333030
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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 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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Library West Road | Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England
+44 1223 333030
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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.

Thank Milena K
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

Thank Olbrit1
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!

Thank uscouto
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Great to see the successful candidates graduating. Wonder how these people will influence and change the world in years to come? Hopefully a cohort of positive change!

Thank MeDC65
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The University Library is the main University Library in Cambridge, and one of the six legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the others being the British Library, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the national libraries of Scotland and Wales, and Trinity College...More

Thank Carrie P
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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.

Thank CanadaBunny
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.

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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...More

Thank SLWS5775
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
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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