Cambridge University Library

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Cambridge University Library is a legal deposit library, meaning that it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed form published in the UK and Ireland. Almost all of this material is claimed and can be consulted in the Library. It also holds extensive collections of books, journals, maps, microfilms, photographs and sound recordings published overseas and has extensive special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.00-19.00 (22.00 in full Easter Term), and 9.00-17.00 on Saturdays. The Library is closed on Sundays and for Christmas and Easter (see opening hours page for details).

Admission charges

Private and business researchers may apply to use the Library for reference if their research requires access to materials held at the University Library. Please note that researchers wishing to access the University Library must be aged 18 years or over.
A £10 administration charge for 6 months applies to applicants from non-UK universities and the public.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Waterloo - A Historical Account

A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815, the Battle and its Books

  • 1 May — 16 September 2015 *on now

A letter written from the body-strewn battlefield at Waterloo, an invasion map of the UK, and a book from Napoleon’s personal library in exile will go on display in Cambridge during one of the first major Waterloo exhibitions of the bicentenary commemorations.

A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815, the Battle and its Books, will be opened by the current Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley, at Cambridge University Library on April 30. The exhibition runs until September 16, 2015.

Looking at how Waterloo was written about in the immediate aftermath of the battle fought on June 18, 1815, it draws on the rich and varied collections at the Library and includes political propaganda, broadsheets, military drill-books, maps, plans, coloured engravings and early historical accounts of the bloodshed.


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