Library Services


Ancient History

Book collections


The ANCIENT HISTORY collections are to be found in the North Corridor of the UCL Main Library. This section concentrates especially on Greek & Roman history of the early & classical periods, history of the Ancient Near East and the early Christian Church. A guide to the Garside classification scheme is available. The history of Egypt in the Hellenic and Roman eras is covered too but students should also use the EGYPTOLOGY section in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library. The works of the ancient historians will be found in the appropriate sections of the CLASSICS library.

Journal collections

Journals covering ancient history are also shelved with this section of the Main Library, have the prefix CLASSICS Pers. Many more titles are available online.

Online resources

An extensive range of e-resources are available and these databases will be of interest to ancient historians.

Other Internet resources

  • Internet Ancient History Sourcebook : also includes links to visual and aural material as well as texts
  • The Perseus Digital Library : The Perseus project at Tufts University is a multimedia digital library on Ancient Greece which includes primary and secondary texts and images
  • The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago : a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East
  • Ancient Mesopotamia : this history, our history. Uses key artifacts from the Oriental Institute Museum's Mesopotamian collection
  • Byzantium : Produced by the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies and includes "Fieldwork, Travel and Research Reports" as well as a good list of "Byzantine Links"
  • Etana : Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives
  • The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature : ETCSL
  • NINO : Another site devoted to the study of the ancient Near East produced by the Netherlands Institute for the Near East
  • SEAL : Sources of Early Akkadian Literature : aims to compile a complete and indexed corpus of Akkadian literary texts from the 3rd and 2nd Millennia BCE

General Resources


The Institute of Classical Studies Library/Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies has an excellent collection on Greek & Roman ancient history. The Library at King's College London is especially strong on the Byzantine period. The Senate House Library also holds material in this subject area and any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

UCL Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students. However, if you prefer, please do get in touch with me directly using the contact details on the right.


New accessions

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The new accessions list for September 2016 now available

E-books on demand

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

    UCL Libraries run  series of projects that directly involve users in the acquisition of e-book content – currrently this involves: Cambridge Books Online JSTOR Wiley Online Library Go to our Ebooks on demand@UCL  to find out more.  

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (REP)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

UCL Libraries now have institutional access to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy which means that you can enjoy access to over 2,700 articles covering unparalleled breadth and diversity of subject matter in Philosophy including 163 articles on ancient philosophy.

E-books on demand@UCL continues in 2016-17

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The popular E-books on demand@UCL projects are to continue in the 2016-17 academic year with even more new e-books being added as they are published throughout the year. See our Ebooks on demand@UCL webpage to find out more about the various projects.

Institute of Archaeology Library will be closed on Saturday 3rd September 2016

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The scaffolders will be installing portable cabins onto the scaffold gantry outside the Institute of Archaeology building and because of the health and safety issues the Institute of Archaeology Library will be closed on Saturday 3rd September 2016. Access to the building will be also limited for staff and students. Apologies for any inconvenience this […]