Tag Archives: Cambridge University Library

Keeping our cool: environmental monitoring at the library

(5 July 2018) What do you consider lovely, comfortable weather? Unfortunately, perfect human weather does not look very much like perfect book weather. Books prefer the cool, dark, and dry environments found in climate controlled Cambridge University Special Collection storage. It’s common knowledge for the University Library’s regular readers that the care and keeping of […]


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Most extensive Royal Commonwealth Society photograph release yet

(9 March 2018) The Royal Commonwealth Society department has recently published images of approximately 1,500 historic photographs on Cambridge Digital Library.  These photographs have been digitised with the very generous support of the Anstruther Trust, and include many of the treasures of the collection.  They reflect its broad chronological scope and great geographic diversity. The […]


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Historic photographs of India digitized

(19 December 2017) The latest release of photographs published on Cambridge Digital Library by the Royal Commonwealth Society department includes a large selection of historic prints of India, digitised with the generous support of the Smuts Memorial Fund. The photographs date from the 1860s to the late 1920s, and offer a diverse range of scenes […]


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eBooks usage 2016 at Cambridge: a glance at the figures

(6 April 2017) Cambridge University has recently completed compiling 2016 usage statistics for over 75,000 eBooks on more than sixty platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the full dataset but for those of you looking to get a quick idea, ebooks@cambridge offers some key observations. 3.3 million hits were recorded on eBooks…  eBooks usage continues to […]


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Conservation challenges posed by the Changi Archive

(16 November 2015) The conservation of the WWII Changi civilian internment camp archives is being undertaken by two conservators, Emma Nichols and Mary French. The materials in the Changi archives pose a number of challenges to the conservator due to several different factors. 20th century materials, like the ones in this collection, are generally cheaply made […]


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Changi civilian internment digitisation project

(3 November 2015) The Royal Commonwealth Society Collection is delighted to announce that work has begun on its project to conserve and digitize the archives of two Second World War civilian internment camps on Singapore, generously funded by a Research Resources Award from the Wellcome Trust. At the conclusion of the project in August 2017, […]


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University of Cambridge Library hiring Head of Japanese Section

(4 August 2015) The Library invites applications for the position of Head of the Japanese Section in the Division of Special Collections. As the librarian in charge of Japanese material in the Library, the postholder will be one of four language specialists in the Asian, Near and Middle Eastern Group of the Library. S/he will […]


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HMS Beagle sketchbooks added to Cambridge Digital Library

 (7 January 2015)  The intricate pencil drawings and watercolours in the sketchbooks were made by Conrad Martens, shipmate to Charles Darwin as they travelled around South America on the voyage of HMS Beagle. Now, for the first time, all of Martens’ Beagle sketches have been made freely available online through Cambridge University Library’s Digital Library: […]


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Donation to digitise Japanese treasures

(8 October 2013) Treasures from Cambridge University Library’s Japanese Collections are to be digitised and made freely available to a global audience, thanks to a gift from Professor Mikiko Ishii. Japan possesses an exceptionally rich heritage of manuscripts and printed works, and the University Library is fortunate enough to own some fine examples of this […]


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Documenting a frontier

The Map Room of Cambridge University Library is exhibiting three spectacular hand-painted fabric maps of old Burma, dating from c.1860 – some of the largest maps in the library’s collection – together with more recent mapping, and an impressive and fascinating collection of late 19th century photographs from the Royal Commonwealth Society’s collection. More here. […]


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Cambridge University Library launches design competition

  (25 July 2013) A landscape design competition to transform the space surrounding Cambridge University Library has been launched. The competition, jointly run by the University Library and the Department of Architecture, is open to professionals and non-professionals alike and is looking for bold submissions that reimagine the open spaces and environment of the iconic […]


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