Finding your books

Henry Bradshaw (1831–1886)
List of Library classes shewing in which room each class stands
Cambridge, 1864

By the middle of the nineteenth century the number of books arriving under the Copyright Act had increased exponentially and the Library had expanded into a labyrinth of rooms, making locating books a challenge for readers. As shown by this scribbled-upon draft finding list by Henry Bradshaw, University Librarian from 1867 to 1886, even staff could not always produce an accurate map of the collections at first attempt. The situation only became more complicated over the next fifty years, with further additions and extensions, before the decision was made to move to a completely new site.


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