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The curious lives of books in Queens’ Old Library

All day from Friday 26 March until Sunday 4 April

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How did past readers read their books? Whether they chose to annotate, decorate, or vandalise them, Queens’ early printed books have many stories to tell. Join us on a tour of the Old Library’s collections and gain rare insights into the past lives of Queens’ books.


Dating from 1448, the Old Library contains 30,000 volumes including medieval manuscripts, incunabula, books with elaborate bindings and early editions of important works. With many books in their original 16th-century bindings and shelved on the medieval lecterns turned into bookcases, the Library is notable in that it remains close to its original state.


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Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Theme: Explore
Accessibility: Closed Captions
Image copyright: Reproduced by kind permission of the President and Fellows of Queens' College, Cambridge.

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