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Book collections

Classics reading room
The principal collections for Greek, Latin and Papyrology are in the North Corridor of  UCL Main Library. The CLASSICS prefix indicates books on Classical studies generally as well as Greek and Latin language and literature, separating into two sequences for the latter subjects. It allows for an alphabetical order on the shelves by ancient author, with editions followed by literary and textual criticism, biography, etc. A guide to the Garside classification scheme is available. The major series of Greek and Latin texts including Scriptorum classicorum bibliotheca Oxoniensis (the "Oxford Classical Texts" or "OCT") and The Loeb Classical Library (also available online) are held. The Papyrology collection is indicated by the prefix PAPYROLOGY. The collection is especially strong in texts, studies and series relating to the decipherment of ancient papyri, e.g.: The Oxyrhynchus papyri. The classification scheme allows for an alphabetical sequence of editions of papyrological texts.

Other collections which may be relevant include ANCIENT HISTORY, HEBREW & JEWISH STUDIES, Roman Law (part of the LAW collection), LANGUAGE & SPEECH SCIENCE and PHILOSOPHY. The CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY and EGYPTOLOGY collections (including Egyptian papyrological texts) are located in the UCL Institute of Archaeology Library. The UCL Main Library also holds a PALAEOGRAPHY collection.

Journal collections

This section in the Main Library also houses those journals with the prefixes CLASSICS Pers & PAPYROLOGY 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 those studying classics and papyrology.

Other Internet resources

General Resources

The Institute of Classical Studies Library/Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies has one of the finest collections in Classics in the country. Postgraduate members of UCL can apply for a reference ticket, or members (annual subscription payable) of the Societies have borrowing privileges.

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