The Library Collections

An introduction to our historic collections can be found in the Treasures of the Old Library presentation below. Additionally, fully digitised versions of some of our most precious items are now available in the Cambridge Digital Library.

Our holdings range chronologically from 11th-century manuscripts through to 20th-century works. We hold materials in English and Latin, but also in Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit.

Online cataloguing of our holdings is ongoing; if you have come across a reference to an item that does not appear in the University of Cambridge Libraries' online catalogue, iDiscover, please contact us.

Our catalogues and handlists fall into three general categories:

Alternatively, Library staff will be happy to check our catalogues on your behalf. Please email or phone 01223 334905.


Presentation of Old Library Treasures