Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Darwin's personal library goes online

Notes and comments scribbled by Charles Darwin on the pages and margins of his own personal library have been made available online for the first time.

Darwin’s personal scientific library, the majority of which is held at Cambridge University Library, has been digitised in a collaborative effort involving Cambridge, the Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History, the Natural History Museum, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The project was jointly sponsored by JISC and National Endowment for the Humanities through a transatlantic digitization collaboration grant.

In total, Darwin’s library amounted to 1480 books, of which 730 contain abundant research notes in their margins. These annotated books are now in the process of being digitized. The first phase of this project has just been completed, with 330 of the most heavily annotated books launched online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library for all to read.

Have a read on the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Engineered by US

The University Library's new exhibition is open! Showcasing work from the Faculty of Engineering, the exhibition tells the story of the Faculty's past, present and future - featuring a cross-section of a jet turbine disk, a microbubble generator, personalised synthetic voices and research into how to stop the Millennium Bridge from swaying.

The gallery is open to all:

  • Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm;

  • Friday 10am to 7pm;

  • Saturday and Sunday 12pm until 6pm.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Copac and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers library have been added to Copac.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1847 and the library collection has evolved throughout the Institution's life. One of the best mechanical engineering collections in the world, the library holds many rare and specialist resources, including an extensive historical journal collection, and a specialist standards collection which includes many hard to find American standards.

The collection covers the industry areas of : railway, process engineering, automotive, aerospace, medical engineering, building services, waste management, power systems, pressure systems and manufacturing. Core subject areas include: machine mechanics, machine design, mechanisms, kinematics, fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, combustion, power drives, materials, renewable energy, product design, machine tools, project management and finite element analysis. The archive includes collections of personal papers from important engineers and engineering companies.

To browse, or limit your search to, the holdings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers library, go to the main search tab on and choose ‘Institution of Mechanical Engineers' from the drop-down list of libraries.