Periodicals (also commonly known as journals and serials) form an important part of the Institute's collection and the library holds nearly 2000 runs of archaeological periodicals world-wide. A number of these are unique and are not held in any other research establishments in the UK. Currently about 700 titles are taken. Journals are not available for loan, including volumes ordered from Stores.
Periodicals held within the Institute of Archaeology have the location INST ARCH Pers, e.g.:
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society.
London : Prehistoric Society.
Continues: Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia
Periodicals are shelved alphabetically in the rear stacks on the right with the sequence starting at the far end of the Library where the Egyptology collection ends (A) and ending in the corridor between the stacks and the main reading room (Z and Ephemera).
Certain journals have the complete run on open access, notably the majority of Egyptology journals. Owing to lack of space, a large number of older runs of journal (generally pre-1975) are stored offsite from where they may be requested. To request a journal volume from Stores, please use the online Store Request Form from the library catalogue. Please allow a 24 hour turn around period for the delivery of these volumes, which may be retrieved from the Science Library Assistance Desk.
Complete runs of many key archaeological journals e.g. World Archaeology are now available electronically and have therefore been moved to Stores to conserve space. Current staff and students may access electronic journals both on and off site. For licensing reasons, non-UCL members cannot consult UCL Library Services' electronic resources offsite, but we do have a number of dedicated terminals from which certain resources can be accessed. Visitors wishing to consult these resources should use our in-house walk-in e-journals terminal or order volumes from Stores.