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Christ’s College, Cambridge A Brief Guide to Christ’s College Old Library Welcome to Christ’s College Old Library The story of Christ’s College actually begins on the site now occupied by King’s College Chapel. It was there, in 1436, that the London parish priest William Byngham first established his College, God’s-house. Shortly after receiving its royal licence from Henry VI in 1439, God’s-house was required to move to its present site, where it was subsequently re-founded as Christ’s College in 1505 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of the Tudor dynasty. From the time of its re-foundation in 1505, Christ’s College has possessed a Library. Over the years, its large and valuable holdings have expanded, primarily through the bequests of members and benefactors. Lady Margaret was the first to leave books to the College, but many others have followed her example in a proud record of nearly five centuries’ donations. Thanks to such generosity, the Old Library is now home to some 50,000 rare printed books and manuscripts covering a wide variety of languages, historical periods, and subject areas. A vital part of the remarkable heritage of the College, it remains a precious academic resource, serving the needs of the worldwide scholarly community. Christ’s College Library, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge. CB2 3BU. Email: Special Collections Blog: Twitter: @ChristsLibrary

A Brief Guide to Christ's College Old Library

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