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The Old Library is the jewel in the crown of Trinity Hall and one ofGod and Moses the hidden gems of Cambridge. The redbrick Tudor building, situated opposite the Master’s Lodge, was built in c.1590 and is the oldest library in Cambridge still in its original setting. It is one of a handful of chained libraries remaining in Britain. Unusually, the interior and furniture are much as they were at the time of construction: each lectern has the original locking mechanism intact and the Library still contains examples of chained books.

The College’s special collections of rare books and manuscripts are housed here. The oldest manuscript is a life of St. Martin of Tours created in c.1050.

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Dominique,
    Congratulations to the project. We are really enjoying reading the blog and seeing the beautiful illustrations and images contained in the books of the Old Library. It should be a beautiful feeling to open these books and discover the treasures displayed on its pages.
    A big hug from Madrid,
    José Luis Ruiz and Nuria Villa

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