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Beit Library

Beit Library

The Beit Library, on the third floor of the MMLL Library, was founded by a donation from Sir Otto John Beit (1865-1930) and celebrated its centenary in November 2013. Otto Beit's gift supported the acquisition of books by the first Schröder Professor of German at Cambridge, Karl Hermann Breul, thus establishing the German research collection. Prof. Breul received the Schröder Cup in recognition of his contribution.

The Library is especially strong on the history of the German language and on literature of the classical period (notably Goethe) and of the nineteenth century. It also includes books on philosophy, history, art and a major collection of reference works. It is open to readers during regular MMLL Library hours.


'Sir Otto Beit in his study at Belgrave Square' by William Orpen, 1913, Johannesburg Art Gallery. Image licensed from the Bridgman Art LibrarySchröder Professors

Karl Hermann Breul (1910-1932)

Robert Allan Williams (1932-1941)

Eliza Marian Butler (1944-1951)

Walter Horace Bruford (1951-1961)

Leonard Wilson Forster (1961-1979)

Dennis Howard Green (1979-1989)

Roger Cole Paulin (1989-2005)

Nicholas Boyle (2006-2013)

Sarah Colvin (2014- )


Library news

Carlos Fonseca awarded the 2024 Anna Seghers Prize for promising young writers

21 February 2024

The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Dr Fonseca - novelist, critic and Spanish lecturer - on the award for young Latin American writers.

Cambridge pioneer JB Trend's 'La civilización de España' published in Spain for the first time

18 January 2024

Trend helped organise the contingent of almost 4,000 Basque children who were shipped to England in 1937 after the bombing of Guernica.

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