Institute of Classical Studies

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Institute of Classical Studies

About the library

The Institute Library, run in conjunction with the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, is housed on the third floor of Senate House, South Block. This world-class library is central to the Institute’s mission of research promotion and facilitation, for which we receive funding from Research England. With a dedicated staff of five permanent members plus our annual Sconul trainee, the Library comes under the overall umbrella of the University of London Senate House Libraries.

The Classics library currently contains 125,000 books and over 21,000 bound volumes of periodicals, virtually all on open shelves. About 2,000 monograph volumes are added annually; 645 periodical titles are currently taken, the majority by exchange. The whole forms an invaluable interdisciplinary tool serving all aspects of research in the ancient world.

The main University of London libraries catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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