May 23, 2022

Cambridge University Library Joins Google Arts and Culture

From the University of Cambridge:

Cambridge University Library (UL) is the first institution of the University of Cambridge to join the platform and joins organisations such as the British Museum, Rijksmuseum and the White House, among many others, who share their collections freely, and openly, with the world.

The UL is one of the oldest university libraries in the English-speaking world, and is home to nearly ten million books, maps, manuscripts and curious objects spanning more than 4,000 years of human history, in more than 2,000 languages.


Allowing users to zoom in on objects in great detail, the images and ‘stories’ reveal the fascinating narratives behind unique objects such as the earliest Chinese book printed using the technique of douban, a printing method using different colours of ink applied to woodcut blocks, or Sir Isaac Newton’s undergraduate notebooks from his time at Trinity College, Cambridge.


The partnership with Google Arts and Culture complements the availability of more than 50,000 objects already digitised and made freely available on the Cambridge Digital Library, which has recorded more than 20 million object views since its launch in 2011.

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