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Visit the Library in Open Cambridge week

Drawing of Gibbs' Building

On Saturday 10 September you can visit King's College Library as part of Open Cambridge week. You can wander around the Library, designed by William Wilkins in 1823, and view a special exhibition of beautifully illustrated architectural books.

The exhibition is called 'Gothic and Renaissance architecture in Europe and England', and features books from the Bury collection.

The collection includes 16th, 17th and 18th century works on the classical ruins in Greece and Italy as discovered by Renaissance writers, manuals on building and perspective, and descriptions of classical statues and sculpture. Notable works include early editions of Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro libri dell’architettura (1570), and works by Sebastian Serlio, Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola and Andrea Pozzo.

These beautiful books will be on display alongside original architectural drawings of King's.

The Library is open 10am - 4pm. Entrance is free and no booking is required. Ask at the Porter's Lodge (on King's Parade) for directions to the Library exhibition. For a map showing the location of the Library see the Library opening hours page. Unfortunately, the exhibition is not suitable for under 10-year-olds.

For more information about Open Cambridge see the Open Cambridge website.

Posted: 5 September 2011 | News | News archive