Library Services



Book collections

The principal holdings for archaeology are to be found in the Library of the Institute of Archaeology; consisting of three collections:

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,


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 and locations

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.

Journal collections

Journals covering archaeology will be found within the Institute of Archaeology's alphabetical sequence of journals INST ARCH Pers. Many more titles are available online.

Online resources

An extensive range of electronic resources are available and these databases will be of interest to archaeologists.

General Resources

Other libraries within London University which have important collections readers may wish to consult are:

The University 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.

The Institute of Classical Studies Library/Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies has excellent collections on Greek & Roman archaeology.

The Warburg 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).

The Anthropology 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.

 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 […]