Marking the 24 February anniversary in Cambridge libraries

In preparation for today, the anniversary of Putin’s terrible full-scale invasion of Ukraine, librarians around Collegiate Cambridge have been promoting material about Ukraine.  This post looks at some examples.

In the Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Faculty Library, readers and visitors can see a display of books about the 2022- invasion and about the Russian war against Ukraine that started in 2014.  Between the books are quotations from Ukrainians about the full-scale war.  Here are some of the books that feature.

Wolfson College Library run a ‘book of the week’ feature. For this week, they chose the 2017 anthology of Ukrainian poetry in translation Words for war edited by Oksana Maksymchuk & Max Rosochinsky.  The Wolfson book of the week feature appears in the College newsletter and on Twitter and Instagram, and the physical copy is on display at the Library’s Enquiry Desk.  Readers can also access an ebook copy via this record.

In the Architecture and History of Art Faculty Library, staff have put on a display called ‘Connections : Ukraine and the AHA’.

The books featured are:

What about the main University Library?  Just this blog post is the main event but it is the culmination of a year spent promoting Ukraine and pushing awareness of the war.  Throughout this awful year of the full-scale invasion, we have maintained weekly blog posts (listed below in reverse date order) about Ukraine, often about the war but often celebrating Ukrainian culture and history reflected in our growing collections.

I’ll end with a reminder about the candle-lit vigil at 7pm today on King’s Parade and the march for Ukraine starting tomorrow at 2pm by the Hills Road War Memorial.

Mel Bach, with huge thanks to MMLL, Wolfson, and AHA library colleagues

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