Looking for an outlet for your creativity, or a stress-relieving pastime with a cultural twist? This year the University Library is taking part in the international social media event Color Our Collections, co-ordinated by the Library at the New York Academy of Medicine. Over two hundred libraries and museums around the world took part last year, creating printable colouring sheets and booklets for the public to download and set their imaginations free. The University Library is joining in the fun this year, highlighting a selection of items from our holdings which can be viewed in the Cambridge Digital Library or which have featured in past exhibitions. We are fortunate to have so many beautifully coloured manuscripts and early printed books, and now it’s your turn to add your own ideas to these images. We don’t encourage decorating Library books themselves, but you’re welcome to do whatever you like with these printouts! Download a copy of the whole booklet, or select your favourite subject from the list below and download individual sheets. Printed copies will be distributed around the main UL building. You will find colouring books from a huge variety of libraries and museums at ColorOurCollections.org

Why not share your creations with us? Tweet @theUL with the tag #ColorOurCollections, or post them to our Facebook page at facebook.com/cambridgeuniversitylibrary

Individual sheets are available to download here:

A fifteenth-century warship

Characters from the earliest known Scottish manuscript

A Chinese oriole

Wild chrysanthemums

Sixteenth-century farmers

Dante and Virgil

William Morris’s decorated Beowulf

A sixteenth-century skeleton

Cambridge in 1574

Sixteenth-century Persian floral patterns

Vortices in space

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