On Friday I went for a tour of the Pepys Library with the Cambridge Newcomers and Visiting Scholars group. Samuel Pepys left his library to Magdalene College, his alma matter. We could not take photos in the library, but I took a few outside.
Inside the library we were given a lecture by the librarian, a man who seemed to know everything there was to know about the Pepys Library. There are 3,000 books, and they are arranged by height in twelve numbered presses (the old word for cases). Bookcases, as we know them today, had not been invented. These were glass fronted (with locks) and the first few had adjustable shelves.
This photo comes from the library website:
I particularly enjoyed the tide table book for the English Channel that had once belonged to Sir Frances Drake, and the catalog from one of the ships in the Spanish Armada (Pepys bought it in Spain).