The principal holdings for archaeology are to be found in the Library of
the Institute of Archaeology (31-34 Gordon Square); consisting of three collections:
- Institute of Archaeology
There may also be relevant material in the Science Library (in the DMS
Watson building), especially in the Anthropology and Geography collections;
for the ancient world generally in the Main Library (especially in the Ancient
History, Classics and Jewish Studies collections); for architecture in the
Environmental Studies Library (Bartlett School); for strong collections relating
to Eastern Europe in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)
See separate pages for maps
and opening hours.
The Library has its
own classification schemes for arranging books on the shelves.
It starts with general sections on the history and theory of the discipline,
INST ARCH A - C
For example items located at INST ARCH AG deal with cultural heritage management
and the history of the discipline
INST ARCH AH; for theory in all its aspects
Sections from INST ARCH DA- DH deal with the archaeology of specific regions
For example at INST ARCH DAA you will find material relating to the United
Kingdom and Ireland (with in the case of England a detailed breakdown county
by county for individual excavation reports)
For materials relating to the continent of Asia see INST ARCH DB
For example items relating to individual sites in Iraq will be found at
INST ARCH DBB 10
Sections from INST ARCH H - K are arranged thematically
For example HA deals with the origins of agriculture and domestication
KD contains materials relating to pottery
INST ARCH L covers all aspects of conservation
INST ARCH M deals with museology and management of archaeological heritage
Larger volumes (described as Quartos or Qtos) are shelved separately in
the area to the left of the Library as you enter opposite the Issue Desk.
Outsize volumes (Folios) are shelved flat at the rear of the stacks along
with a number of the larger atlases.
Periodicals (with the location INST ARCH Pers)
Periodicals are shelved in the rear stacks
on the right with the sequence starting at the far end of the Library where
the Egyptology collection ends . Currently about 700 titles are taken. Journals
are not normally available for loan. Owing to lack of space, a large number
of older runs of journal (generally pre-1975) are stored offsite at Wickford
from where they may be requested. Certain journals eg Antiquity have the
complete run on open access and the majority of Egyptology journals (with
a few exceptions) are still housed on open access.
The Institute's archives and collection of early photographs may be consulted
at the Library's Special
Collections (140 Hampstead Road, Camden, London NW1 2BX)
For electronic journals,
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Electronic sources material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your user
id/password for Information Systems in order to gain access to them.
Indexes and Abstracts
covers a wide range of disciplines and researchers may need to consult a
number of databases for bibliographical references. Among the bibliographical
indexes which the Library offers are, starting with the general:
Also extremely useful are
- Anthropological Literature, indexes articles and essays on anthropology
and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology,
and religious studies.
- Anthropological Index Online, contains bibliographic citations from the
journal holdings of the de facto national anthropological library of Britain
It covers anthropology and archaeology with strength in the areas of sociocultural
anthropology, ethnology, and material culture.
- Anthropology Plus, is a combination of the above two databases.
- FRANCIS (FRA), indexes a wide range of multilingual, multidisciplinary
information from the humanities and social sciences, 1984-.
For Medieval studies there is the excellent International Medieval
Bibliography, which indexes over
4,000 journals, books, and conference proceedings.
For the archaeology of the British Isles (United Kingdom and the Irish Republic)
consult the BIAB (the british and irish archaeological bibliography) which"
contains datasets covering publications from AD 1695 to the present day on
archaeology and the historic environment, historic buildings, maritime and
industrial archaeology, environmental history, and the conservation of material
For maps consult Digimap, on-line digital mapping and data
extraction facilities using Ordnance Survey data of Great Britain. Please
note that there is a special registration procedure for Digimap which must
be followed before the service can be used.
For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see the list at: www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/database/
Electronic journals A range of electronic
versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list on the Library's
web pages at:
where you will find details of access arrangements for each title.
Of particular importance in archaeology is the range of
available in JSTOR - a project to store long back
of selected journals in electronic form, e.g. American Journal of Archaeology.
Access is available on the Web at: www.jstor.ac.uk/
For an example of a highly successful ejournal designed for
publication on the Web see:
Internet archaeology. See http://intarch.ac.uk
The Institute publishes its own conservation journal
Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/conservation/jcms
Copies of UCL
examination papers for undergraduate courses (from 1997 onwards) are available
on the web at
Printed copies of the archaeology papers (from 1997- ) are held in the Institute
of Archaeology Library in the main reading
For government publications
Council for British Archaeology
Institute of Field Archaeologists
Society for Industrial archaeology
For cutural heritage & museums
International Council on Monuments and Sites
International Council of Museums
Canadian Heritage Information Network
For ancient world studies
Abzu: guide to resources for the Study of the Ancient Near East
For medieval studies
For marine and underwater archaeology
Navis: a database on ancient ship archaeology
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Other libraries within London University which have important
collections readers may wish to consult are:
of London Library (at Senate House in Malet Street) has relevant collections.
All members of UCL are entitled to register as borrowers.
The SOAS Library (School
of Oriental and African Studies) has excellent collections for African, Asian
and Middle East materials. It is available
for reference use by an member of UCL, but only academic staff and research
postgraduates may borrow.
of Classical Studies Library/Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies has excellent collections on Greek & Roman
Institute Library for an interdisciplinary approach to the history of
the reception of the classical tradition.
Also in London but not part of the University are:
The Society of Antiquaries
of London Library located in Burlington House (London W1J 0BE), covering
archaeology (especially British), architectural history and the decorative
arts and older works of British local history, British county archaeological
and record society publications.
The Library of the Egypt Exploration
Society is an invaluable resource for Egyptology (located at 3 Doughty
Mews, London WC1N 2PG).
Library (the Library of the Department of Ethnography
of the British Museum (the Anthropology Library), located
at the former Museum of Mankind, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EX.
For a listing of the archaeological journal holdings of over
20 of the principal university, museum and private libraries in the UK see
the Archway project
For more information about the use of other libraries, see the full information
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If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the
Issue Desk and ask the subject librarian for Archaeology:
Telephone: internal: 2 7485 external: 020 7679 7485
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