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.

Find out more

Haddon Library website

Gift announcements

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.

Gift announcement
LycaHealth, the new healthcare brand, have presented a donation of £150,000 to Cambridge University to support Sri Lankan students and improve public health in Sri Lanka.   
Gift announcement
Multi-million pound legacy to create a new 'Ray and Dagmar Dolby Court' at Pembroke College

Impact of giving

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.

Wolfson Laser Lab
Philanthropic impact story
In 2016 the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology will bid farewell to central Cambridge and move into its new £60m purpose-built home on the West Cambridge Science and Technology Campus.
The new Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Addenbrooke's hospital
Philanthropic impact story
At any one time, more than 1000 clinical trials are being conducted across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the largest gathering of clinical, pharmaceutical and biomedical research specialists in Europe. These trials are a crucial step in the design of new medicines and medical devices – translating ideas that started in a research laboratory into new treatments for patients.