Institute of Archaeology Library
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Library Facilities

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The Institute of Archaeology Library (pictures) contains approximately 70,000 books, and nearly 800 current periodicals (journals). Our holdings are strong on all aspects of archaeological theory, prehistoric Britain and Europe, the archaeology of Western Asia (Ancient Near East), Classical Greece and Rome, Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Environmental archaeology, forensic anthropology, ancient technology, the conservation of artefacts and museum and heritage studies are very well represented. Specialist materials relating to the archaeology of London are also extensive. 

New material, in both paper and electronic formats, is constantly being purchased for the Institute Library. Monthly accessions lists of these new materials are available through the Ancient World Studies/Archaeology blog.

A comprehensive range of videos, DVDs, CD-ROMS, online databases and electronic resources, including e-journals, is also available and for current students, on-line reading lists facilitate access to key readings in digital format for a growing number of courses.

The Institute Library is open access and current material is readily available. The loan periods of books vary according to their demand for teaching and research. Some materials, notably periodicals, are for reference use only. Information on these loan statuses is available from the UCL Library Services web pages.

Older and less frequently used materials may be consulted through UCL Library Services' Stores service. For current staff and students, items which are not held in any of the UCL libraries can be requested through our interlending and document supply facility and suggestions for purchasing can be made. 


Professional library staff, subject specialists in archaeology, are available for consultation and to answer subject and library-related enquiries. 

A library catalogue with large screen and large font keyboard and priority PC for disabled use (current UCL staff and students only) are also available. A portable induction loop is available from the Issue Desk on request.

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