Library Services


Institute of Archaeology Library

The Library holds international archaeological and heritage collections supporting teaching and research at the Institute of Archaeology. These pages provide information on collections and services.

Library Essentials


Interior of main reading room in UCL Institute of Archaeology Library

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Opening hours

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Note: Issue Desk services

Issue Desk services open at 10:00 on the last Friday of each month.

Address and contact details

  • Address: 5th Floor, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PY (View map).
  • Tel: 020 7679 4788 (internal: x 24788).
  • Fax: 020 7679 7373.
  • Nearest tube: Euston, Warren Street, Goodge Street, Euston Square.
  • Library email address: lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk.

Entry to the library

The main door to the Institute of Archaeology building is locked and not accessible. All UCL staff, students, and visitors with an ID or library card should use the cardax reader to the right of the main door to the building to enter and come up to the library on the 5th floor as usual.

All visitors without a library card should preferably arrange a date and time for your visit in advance by emailing us on lib-archaeology@ucl.ac.uk or visiting our membership pages. On arrival, please telephone the library on 020 7679 4788 and library staff will let you in. UK and foreign academics are admitted without charge as are higher degree students. Undergraduates from other UK universities are admitted free of charge in vacation periods, see membership for details.

Location and floor plan

The Library is located on the fifth floor of the Institute of Archaeology building on the North (Euston Road) end numbers 31-34 of Gordon Square. The entrance to the building faces the square, see above for entry to the building.

Subject coverage and guides

The Institute of Archaeology Library houses collections relating to the following subject areas:


There is currently no wheelchair access to the Library. However, we offer a range of other facilities for users with disabilities which are listed separately.


Archaeology Library self guided tour
Self-guided tour

Users of the library can familiarise themselves to general library resources and collections and make the most of all our services and facilities, with our self guided tour.


MFDs (multi-functional devices) are available throughout the Institute building and library, allowing staff and current students to print, scan and copy in both colour and black and white. All three services are offered in one stream-lined service through ISD and credit for copying and printing (scanning is free) can be obtained following the same routes. There is a cash loader machine in the library for topping up student 'print' accounts. Accounts can also be topped up online using credit cards. Information on charges, credit and general printing can be found on the ISD web pages.

IT & Audiovisual Provision

There are three Explore catalogue terminals, two in the main reading room and one in the first of the side reading rooms.

We don’t have any video playback available here nor microfiche reader. Microfiche readers are available in other nearby UCL libraries.

Inter Library Loans

The Institute Library participates in the centralised inter library loans service for UCL staff and students.