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Old Library: Public Engagement and Outreach

Public Engagement and Outreach

Distinct from the Pepys Library, the Old Library has housed the historic books of the College in First Court since the fifteenth century, in what was the medieval Prior's residence.

The Old Library is open to the public on the first Thursday of each month from 11am to 1pm. The Old Library’s collections are also explored in our programme of events for the Friends of the Pepys Library.

Visiting The Old Library

As well as enjoying the historic, book-lined rooms, Visitors will see displays of items from the College's special collections and archives, which are not normally seen in public.

Visiting the Old Library is free and all are welcome.

A book cleaning and condition checking project is currently taking place in the Old Library.  Heritage volunteers from The Arts Society Cambridge have been given specialist training to help complete this task.