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Upcoming events

Due to COVID-19, the Old Library remains closed to the public until further notice.

In the meantime, there is plenty to enjoy on our website! Why not browse our Provenance and Image Archive which contains numerous evidence of use by past readers and wonderful illustrations found in our books.

Missed one of our exhibitions? Visit our Exhibitions page and enjoy our past exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.

You can also explore the Old Library with one of our librarians in the video below created for Open Cambridge 2020. Watch and discover the history of Queens' College's medieval library and its fabulous treasures.


Cambridge Festival 2021

Queens' Old Library is taking part in the inaugural Cambridge Festival (until Sunday 4 April), with a video that explores some of the many ways in which readers have used and abused the books in Queens' Old Library over the past centuries.

Through annotation, decoration, vandalisation and innumerable other kinds of treatment, the books in Queens' Old Library have fascinating stories to tell. Join Lucille Munoz (Rare Books Curator) on a tour of the Old Library's collections to gain rare glimpses into the past lives of books in Queens Old Library.


Past events

Open Cambridge 2020

As we were unfortunately not able to welcome visitors this year for Open Cambridge,
we've created a video to share the magic of Old Library with the world!

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