Queens' Old Library participates throughout the year in the cultural life of Cambridge. The Library opens its doors to the public and offers various activities that allow visitors to discover an extraordinary collection of early printed books housed in one of the oldest libraries in Cambridge.

Public opening hours



 9 October - 3 November 2017
 1.30pm to 4.30pm
 (open late until 7pm on Thu 2 Nov)

 15-min curator's talk every Wednesday at 1.30pm

 Entrance via the Visitors' Gate on Queens' Lane and the War Memorial Library (please knock on the door).
 The library is situated on the first floor of an historic building. Regrettably, due to the age of the building, there is no lift access to the library.

 Poster available here.





Special events


 Cambridge Festival of Ideas
 16-29 October 2017
- Exhibition 'Books and Power in Tudor England: The Renaissance Library of Sir Thomas Smith'
  Mon-Fri, 1.30-4.30pm
- Workshops 'Bookbinding in Tudor Cambridge' (SOLD OUT)
  Sat 28 Oct, 9.30-10.30am & 11am-noon
- Talks 'Reading Books in 16th century Cambridge' (SOLD OUT)
  Sat 28 Oct, 2-4pm (access to the Thomas Smith exhibition after the talks)

  Free - Booking is required (except for exhibition) via the Cambridge Festival of Ideas website.



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