Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information
The Celtic collection is situated on the second floor of the
Main Library (Wilkins Building) through the double doors at the end of the
History corridor. Follow the signs to the History library from the first floor.
See separate pages for maps and opening hours.
The collection will be of particular interest to library users
engaged in specialised research and to History undergraduates studying the
Celtic History module (Hist 1212.)
The main Celtic book collection is broadly arranged in the following
- Section A: Celtic studies generally
- Section B: Celtic languages generally
- Section C: Celtic literatures generally
- Section D: Gaulish
- Section G: Welsh
- Section H: Cornish
- Section J: Breton
- Section M: Manx
- Section N: Irish
- Section P: Gaelic
UCL Library Services has its own classification scheme for arranging
books of the shelves; a typical classmark for an open-access book will consist
of the name of a subject (indictaing a section of the library) followed by
letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that
section. For example, a general book about the history of the Celts - such
as Malcolm Chapman's The Celts - would have the classmark CELTIC A
10 CHA, in which:
- CELTIC denotes a book on the open shelves of the Celtic collection
- A signifies Celtic studies generally
- 10 signifies the history of the Celts
- CHA are the last three letters of the author's name
The full classification scheme for Celtic is available for reference
at the Main Library Enquiry Desk on the first floor.
In addition to the books on the open shelves there is some material
relating to Celtic studies which is housed in UCL
Library Services' store in Wickford, Essex. This material can be identified
from a classmark beginning with the words STORE or with a number - e.g. 98-15234.
You can request these items in three ways:
items will usually be available for collection from the Stores Desk on the
ground floor of the Science Library (DMS Watson Builiding) by 3pm the next
Other Celtic related materials are housed in Special Collections
with the classmarks CELTIC STORE or WHITLEY STOKES. Whitley Stokes was a scholar
of Celtic Studies whose books were bequeathed to UCL in 1910. For more information
about his work relating to Celtic Studies see the article in the CELT
Corpus of Electronic Texts. UCL
Library Services' Special Collections are
situated on Hampstead Road. In order to consult items in Special Collections
it is necessary
to make an appointment to visit the department.
Some of the other main sections of UCL Library Services you are likely
to need are:
HISTORY (Main Library, 2nd
floor); includes material on Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Celtic Britain in
general (section 26) and early France (sections 45 e-g.)
LITERATURE (Main Library, North Corridor):
books on literary topics not specific to any one language; literary theory,
translation theory etc.
PHONETICS & LINGUISTICS (Main
Library, Donaldson Reading Room): books and periodicals supporting the theory
practice of language study.
ART (Main Library, Donaldson Reading
Room): sections HE and HF cover Early Art in Britain, Ireland and France.
ARCHAEOLOGY (Institute of Archaeology,
5th Floor, 31-34 Gordon Square): section DAA is dedicated to Celtic archaeology:
- DAA 600 = Wales
- DAA 610 = site reports (Wales)
- DAA 700 = Ireland
- DAA 710 = site reports (Ireland)
CELTIC PERIODICALS are
shelved with the Celtic book collection adjacent to the main classified book
HUMANITIES PERIODICALS (known as ARTS PERIODICALS before September 2007) is a collection of
multidisciplinary humanities periodicals. This collection is located on the
2nd floor of the Main Library,
beyond the Hebrew and Jewish Studies collection.
For electronic journals, see below.
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The two primary types of electronic resources available
for carrying out literature searches, such as bibliographic databases (indexes
and abstracts) which help you to find book titles and journal articles
- full-text resources, such as electronic journals
Material held in electronic form is available to registered
members of UCL: you will usually need your user id/password from Information
Systems in order to gain access to them.
Visitors to UCL Library Services please note: for licensing reasons we
cannot offer you access to our electronic databases.
Among the bibliographic databases offered by the UCL Library Services are:
Bibliography for English Studies (ABES): indexed,
annotated database describing the best books, essays and journal articles
in English studies.
Index Online (AIO): covers anthropology and archaeology
with strength in the areas of sociocultural anthropology, ethnology, and
and Humanities Citation Index (ACHI): indexes over 1200
journals in all areas of humanities since 1981.
and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab online):
provides information about articles and books on the archaeology of Britain
indexes multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities and
social sciences. Represents a wide range of materials such as serials, journal
articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, 1984 onwards.
Medieval Bibliography: bibliography of the European Middle Ages (c.450-1500
AD). Indexes articles, review articles and notes from over 4000 periodicals,
conference proceedings etc.
International Bibliography: indexes publications on literature,
languages, linguistics and folklore. Coverage from 1981 onwards.
There are many other databased that may be useful to you. Click
here for a complete
list of databases available at
UCL Library Services.
A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available.
the list of
e-journals on the Library's web pages. Here you
will find details of access arrangements for each title.
Be aware that most electronic holdings of journals do not go
back more than a few years. However, older electronic versions of some journals
can be accessed via JSTOR,
an archive storing long back runs of selected journals in electronic form.
Other Web resources
Internet resources of academic quality can be accessed using
subject gateways or directories. These gateways are often compiled by subject
specialists and can therefore provide a quick and reliable way of finding material
of academic quality on the Web. Some general humanities gateways are:
Intute has a particularly good gateway
of resources for Celtic Studies.
Other useful Web resources for Celtic Studies include:
You many also be interested in the Celtic Inscribed Stones Project
(CISP), a project run by UCL's Departments of History and Archaeology to create
a database of all known Celtic inscriptions. Search the CISP database here.
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All registered students of UCL are entitled to obtain a borrowing
card for the Senate House Library, which specialises in
the Humanities and houses collections dedicated to Archaeology and Manuscript Studies.
Reference access to other University of London libraries is
available for UCL registered students.
There are several online catalogues to help you locate material
not held by UCL Library Services, including:
an online catalogue with records of the holdings of 26 research
libraries in the British Isles. You can obtain books and articles
found on COPAC via inter-library loan, at a charge of £3 per item.
- The Union List of
Serials: a catalogue of journal holdings
in academic libraries in the London area.
Catalogues of some other academic libraries with significant
Celtic collections can be searched from the links below:
Further information is available about the use of other
libraries and about inter-library
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If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Celtic:
Telephone: internal: 32598; external: 020 7679 2598
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