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Subject guides: Celtic studies

Celtic section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

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.)

Book collections

The main Celtic book collection is broadly arranged in the following subject sections:

  • 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:

Store 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 working day.

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 and 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 sequence.

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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Electronic collections

The two primary types of electronic resources available are:

  • tools 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:

There are many other databased that may be useful to you. Click here for a complete list of databases available at UCL Library Services.

Electronic journals

A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from 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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Other libraries

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:

  • COPAC: 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 loans.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Celtic:

Vanessa Freedman
E-mail v.freedman@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32598; external: 020 7679 2598

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