For over five hundred years Cambridge University has been building up one of the world’s most important collections of Hebrew manuscripts. The University Library holds significant numbers of Bibles and biblical and talmudic commentaries, along with important halakhic, liturgical, poetic, philosophical, kabbalistic and scientific manuscripts. Chief among the treasures are the famous Nash Papyrus, one of the earliest known manuscripts containing the words of the Hebrew Bible and the Cambridge Mishnah, one of only three complete manuscript codices of this central text of Jewish law. The Library also houses a collection of over 700 Hebrew books printed before 1800 AD and purchases new publications in Hebrew on a regular basis.
Items from the manuscripts collection are now available in the Digital Library at
Reif, S. C., Hebrew Manuscripts at Cambridge University Library: a description and introduction, Cambridge, 1997
Schiller-Szinessy, S. M., Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts Preserved in the University Library, Cambridge, 2vols, Cambridge, 1876.