Buildings for books: the complete story of the library

13 Nov 2013

For 20 years architectural historian Dr James Campbell waited for someone to write a definitive book about libraries. When he decided to write one himself, his research took him to 82 libraries in 21 countries. The Library: A World History is much overdue but well worth waiting for.

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The lost library of Eleonora Duse

23 Jan 2013

How her personal library informed the phenomenal talent of the Italian actress Eleonora Duse is revealed in a newly-published book that catalogues the Duse Collection owned by Murray Edwards College.

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Book of Common Prayer, interleaved with 16th/17th century English servce music

Discover the secret history of books

10 Aug 2012

This year's Open Cambridge programme offers a rare chance to visit the historic Old Library at Queens' College, where the collection represents a window on to the intellectual upheaval of the 17th century.

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King James Bible title page

A masterpiece of biblical proportions

01 Feb 2011

Home to more than seven million books, Cambridge University Library is to celebrate the most influential, most bought, most read and most widely disseminated English language book of them all – the King James Bible.

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Kalhu from A.H. Layard 'A Second Series of the Monuments of Nineveh' (1853)

Reading the world’s oldest libraries

01 Nov 2010

Examples of the world’s oldest science and literature – 2,500-year-old clay writing tablets – hold clues as to how ancient scholars acquired and used knowledge, as Dr Eleanor Robson explains.

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