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10. Magdalene College and the Pepys Library

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Magdalene College and the Pepys Library

Magdalene College (pronounced Maudlin) was founded as a hostel by Benedictine monks and became a university college in 1542. 
 
Situated in the second of the college's ancient courtyards is the Pepys Library. In 1703 Samuel Pepys, a Magdalene student, bequeathed his entire library to the college, where it has been displayed ever since in its original red oak bookshelves, along with his famous diaries.
 
The library is the principal ornament of the College and of considerable architectural interest. The exact history of the building is unknown, and it remains full of puzzles.

Samuel Pepys 1633-1703 - Life, Library and Legacy
Samuel Pepys made his mark on our national history with his work for the navy, but it is his diaries that have made his name immortal.

His Library
The Library is a splendid enrichment of the College. With 3,000 volumes arranged by size, from No. 1 (smallest) to No. 3,000 (largest), the Library continues to fascinate tourists, and to attract scholars from all over the world.
 
Magdalene College and the Pepys Library Address:               
Magdalene College
Cambridge
CB3 0AG
England, UK

Magdalene College and the Pepys Library Opening Times:     
18th January to 19th March, 2.30 to 3.30 pm.
23rd April to 31st August, 11.30 am to 12,30 pm and 2.30 to 3.30 pm.
 
Please see the Magdalene College and the Pepys Library website for winter opening times.

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