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The principal collections for Greek, Latin and Papyrology are in three reading rooms adjoining the North
Corridor of the Main Library (in the Wilkins building). Other collections which may be relevant include
Jewish Studies, Comparative Philology, Roman Law (part of the
Law collection), Linguistics and Philosophy which are all housed in the Main Library. The
Classical Archaeology and
Egyptology collections are located in the
Institute of Archaeology Library, 31-34 Gordon Square (5th floor).
See separate pages for maps and opening hours.
The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging
books on the shelves: a typical classmark for a book on the “open” shelves will consist of the
name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its
classified position on the shelves in that section. The CLASSICS prefix indicates books
on Classical studies generally as well as Greek and Latin language and literature, separating into two
sequences for the latter subjects. It allows for an alphabetical order on the shelves by ancient author,
with editions followed by literary and textual criticism, biography, etc. For example:
CLASSICS C 24 HER for a work on themes in Greek and Latin poetry
CLASSICS GN 11 WIL for a book on Homer’s Iliad
CLASSICS LV 20 for a translation of Virgil’s Aeneid
The collection includes the following series of Greek and Latin texts:
Scriptorum classicorum bibliotheca Oxoniensis (the “Oxford Classical Texts”
or “OCT”) (CLASSICS GD 25 & LD 25).
The Loeb Classical Library (the original text with a parallel English translation)
(CLASSICS GD 30 & LD 30)
These series and those the Library holds in the Bude and Teubner series are shelved en bloc. The Library
also holds several copies of: Liddell & Scott’s Greek Lexicon (CLASSICS QUARTOS
GB 2 LID) and Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary (CLASSICS LB 2
The Library also holds complete sets of Patrologiae cursus completus, Series
Graeca & Latina and the Corpus Christianorum, Series
Latina & continuatio mediaevalis.
The Papyrology collection is indicated by the prefix PAPYROLOGY.
The collection is especially strong in texts, studies and series relating to
the decipherment of ancient papyri, e.g.: The Oxyrhynchus papyri (PAPYROLOGY
PA 340 OXY). The classification scheme allows for an alphabetical
sequence of editions of papyrological texts. There is also an important collection
of Egyptian papyrological texts in the Egyptology section of the Institute
of Archaeology Library. The Main Library also holds
a Palaeography collection.
This section in the Main Library also houses those journals with the prefixes CLASSICS
Pers & PAPYROLOGY Pers, with a display unit for the most recent
parts. Included in the collection is: L’Année Philologique, a critical
and analytical bibliography published annually, giving details of all publications on any aspect of
Classical studies and an indispensable reference work. It also contains a useful list of abbreviations
applied to journals in this field. Journals are normally available for overnight loan (from 4.00pm).
For electronic journals, see below.
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Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your
UCL userid/password from Information Systems in order to gain access to them. For the full list of electronic
databases presently available please consult:
Databases on the UCL Network of particular interest to those studying the Ancient world include
Database of Classical Bibliography (based on
L’Année Philologique. It is not complete yet it offers references ‘to all
known scholarly work published in any language anywhere in the world’) and
Arts & Humanities Citation Index covers many
of the journals in the field of classical studies.
A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list on the Library's web
pages at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/ejournal/ where you will find
details of access arrangements for each title.
Copies of UCLe examination papers for undergraduate courses (from 1997 onwards) are available on the web
at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/exam.shtml. Printed copies of the
Undergraduate and postgraduate exam papers for the last 6 years are shelved in the South Corridor of the
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The Institute of Classical Studies Library/Joint
Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies has one of the finest collections in Classics in the
country. Postgraduate members of UCL can apply for a reference ticket, or members (annual subscription
payable) of the Societies have borrowing privileges.
For more information about the collections of other libraries please see
www.ucl.ac.uk/library/otherlib.shtml which includes a link to
http://www.m25lib.ac.uk/ and which offers
a subject based-search of other libraries' collections in the London area.
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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 Classics:
Jes Cooban (Wednesdays only)
Telephone: internal: 54062; external: 020 3108 4062
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