Open Sesame

The Old Library is participating in Open Cambridge, a weekend of (mostly) free events from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th September 2011. Open Cambridge is the city’s celebration of history, architecture, art and gardens and of course libraries! It has a fabulous programme which gives people a chance to see behind the scenes of the city and the University.

Our beautiful Old Library

If you would like to see inside Trinity Hall’s unique Elizabethan Old Library, our chained books and some of our treasures, you can book to join one of four free tours we are offering on the afternoon of Friday 9th September 2011.

Moses receiving a scroll from God – a treasure of our Old Library

Why not make a weekend of it and visit some of the other fabulous libraries on show? Some highlights for rare book lovers are St John’s Old Library, the amazing Parker Library and an exhibition of special collections at Sidney Sussex Library. For those who are fascinated by libraries there are tours of Cambridge Central Library and a look inside the University Library one of the great copyright libraries of Britain (it receives one free copy of all books published in Britian directly from the publishers).

Penguins at the Scot Polar

In addition several of the University’s faculty and departmental libraries and lots of college libraries are opening their doors. Or how about an exhibition of WWI in Christ’s College library or a tour of the Scot Polar Library? There are so many treats on offer – it’s a bibliophile’s dream!

Ptolemy's atlas

Curious! The island of Brazil in our Ptolemy’s atlas of 1513

Last year the tours of Trinity Hall’s Old Library were tremendously popular and were all fully booked. So if you want to come along, please book EARLY to bag a place! Booking is via Open Cambridge only and opens on Monday 18th July 2011.


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