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The Cambridge University Library

The Cambridge University Library, more commonly known as the University Library or the UL, comprises the main University Library and its affiliated libraries.

Cambridge University Library is a legal deposit library, meaning that it is entitled to a copy of every book published in Great Britain and Ireland and with its impressive collection of over eight million volumes and hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts and microforms, the University Library is able to supply the needs of most graduate students. The majority of modern publications are on open access and readers are permitted to borrow a number of books or periodical volumes at a time.

The University Library also networks thousands of electronic databases and texts, including hundreds of history resources, which can be accessed across Cambridge and from outside the University via password. These cover a diverse range of historical topics and eras, from Early English Books Online to the United States Government's Declassified Documents; dozens of networked electronic subject 'gateways' give access to countless other sites.

The University Library regularly runs events and exhibitions, which students and staff are welcome to attend:

Further information can be found on the Library’s website: