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Welcome to the Cambridge Library Collection!
For the past five years we have been working with the Cambridge University Library and several other world-class institutions to digitise and reproduce out-of-copyright books, mainly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of the originals we encounter are extremely rare, and many offer challenges such as folded maps and illustrations that are often omitted in modern reprints (we put them on the web for our readers’ use). Our staff take great pains to ensure that every page is present, and that our digitised images are thoroughly ‘cleaned’ so as to remove the inevitable marks of wear and tear. The aim is to provide a reprint that is as clear as the original when it was new, rather than a facsimile of an old book, damage and all.
CLC covers a huge range of subjects, from aesthetics to zoology, focusing on academic and non-fiction publications that were landmarks in their time, or contain data that is still useful for researchers today. We take advice from specialists about which works to include, and provide details of the original publication date and edition in the blurb for each book. We have published over six thousand volumes, and add more every month, so please visit regularly to see what’s new.
'Using the resources of the University Library among others, Cambridge University Press has used the latest digital technology to scan and reprint a superb range of out-of-copyright titles, most available only in specialist libraries.' - Journal of Classics Teaching
Browse our range of collections
Our publishing in the Cambridge Library Collection covers a wide range of subjects. Please use the links below to browse the titles available.
> British and Irish History
> Global History
> Humanities and Social Sciences
> Literature and Literary Studies
> Science and Technology
> Travel and Exploration
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