Haddon Library

Haddon Library

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  • McDonald monographs in the Haddon Library
    McDonald monographs in the Haddon Library

Haddon Library is the University of Cambridge's library for archaeology and anthropology.

Founded by the pioneering anthropologist Alfred Haddon in 1920, it has amassed a remarkable collection of highly valuable resources, with 62,000 books, pamphlets and periodical volumes gathered over nearly 90 years.

From oracle bone inscriptions of ancient Chinese writing to social relations between the living and dead in an English village; from dental perspectives on our evolution to how humans during the Upper Palaeolithic Age got their five-a-day, the Haddon is the source of enlightening information on human development across time and place.

The Library aims to ensure that its outstanding collections are kept up-to-date through acquisitions of new books, periodicals and journals, and to guarantee the safety of rare and valuable holdings by modernising its security system. It also seeks to improve facilities for readers by providing contemporary, comfortable seating – a prerequisite for long hours of study! – and coin-operated lockers to keep personal belongings safe.

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Haddon Library website

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Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

The wetlands of the Camargue, France. Image copyright Josef Grunig and used under a Creative Commons licence
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The MAVA Foundation has given a £1.14 million grant to Cambridge’s Department of Zoology to support its 'Conservation Evidence' project.
Laser laboratory in the Department of Chemistry
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Gift from The Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation for new laboratory in the Department of Chemistry – The Sir Rodney Sweetnam Laboratory for Micro and Nanoscale Biomedical Science.

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Philanthropic giving is at the heart of the success of the Collegiate University, enabling us to make discoveries that change the world and to ensure that our students received an unrivalled education.

The Cambridge Rivers Project
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The spirit of cultural interaction initiated by the pioneers of anthropology, connecting past cultures with a modern global audience, continues to thrive at Cambridge.