Library News

New Librarian appointed

We are delighted to announce that Joanna Ashe has now taken up her post as the new Librarian of the Combined Classics Library.

May Bank Holidays

The Library will be closed on Saturday 27th May and Monday 29th May 2017.

Movement of two journal titles from ST.5

To allow for more space in the rolling stacks, the following 2 journal titles have been moved to fixed shelving close by, near to the bays of current titles: Atene e Roman; Athenaeum.

Library Survey May 2017

We would like to thank the 166 people who responded to our survey last May. We have taken your responses and suggestions into consideration and intend to improve our services further in the light of this year’s survey. Please take a few minutes to complete our 2017 survey, which is available here or via printed forms available from our Library Desk.

The survey is accessible from Monday 8th May until Sunday 21st May. If you have problems completing the survey or need an alternative version, please contact us at or by telephone at 020 7862 8709. Your responses and comments will remain anonymous. We ask that you only complete the survey if you have actually used the Library either in person or by post / e-mail.

We have addressed several areas that were specifically mentioned in last year’s survey and are in the process of improving others:
We are pleased to report that the unsatisfactory nature of heating throughout the Library, which was the main source of complaint, has been resolved by having the heating on for longer periods, 24/7 during the coldest weather. We continue to monitor the temperature in the Library on a daily basis. Although we have not solved the issue of the lack of a common room, the reception area on the third floor is to be redesigned over the Summer, to include an area for quiet discussion. Readers are of course welcome to use the cafe facilities on the ground floor and the common room G31 nearby.

Remote access to the JSTOR journals database is at long last once more available to members of the Hellenic and Roman Societies. For further information please see the following link Access to JSTOR journals database

We are endeavouring to improve navigation around the Library by means of wall plans, together with clearer information about opening and closing times on the website and in the Library. A trolley is usually available near the Library entrance for the general re-shelving of books and an umbrella stand can be found near the Library entrance gates. To improve security for laptop users, there are now secure metal loops for readers to use with their own locks in the two literature rooms, in addition to ones that were already present in the other reading rooms.

In conclusion, we would like to thank the many readers who complimented the Library staff on their friendliness, helpfulness and efficiency of service. This has always been an important part of the Library’s ethos and we hope that it continues to improve your experience as a Library user.

Access to JSTOR journals database

Remote access is now available for current members of the Roman Society and Hellenic Society.
To access this resource: use this link to login to your Library record, using your name and Library barcode number.
Then click on the option for Catalogue Search and in the title search, input the phrase JSTOR journal storage and select the last option - Remote access via WAM using University of London SHL / SAS or Institute library ID membership number.
If you are a member of either / both Societies and have not been issued with a plastic library card, please use the following link to contact the Library and one will be posted to you (please confirm postal address) or you may collect one at the Library desk.

New arrangement: Payments for the Joint Library and Postal charges

All payments should now be made out to The Hellenic and Roman Library (and not Roman Society-Joint Library). Postage charges went up again on March 27th 2017 so this will be reflected in our outward charges for readers.

Access to Readers' records for renewals / checking volumes on loan

The ICS / Joint Library has had an upgrade to their Library Management system and as a result there is a new link to the catalogue and to the Login area - which allows readers to view their loans, place reservations / holds and renew books (once only):The new login link is here

Temporary cards

Library staff will issue a temporary library card for readers who forget their ICS or Society cards at a cost of 1.00. Readers will need to produce an appropriate form of identification.

Beware of thieves using violence to steal mobile phones in the University area

There have been a number of thefts from pedestrians using phones in the Keppel Street / Malet Street, Russell Square, Bedford Square areas close to the University in recent months. The thieves operate as follows:
A passenger on a motobike or moped snatches mobile phones out of the hands of pedestrians. Please be vigilant and avoid using your phone by the roadside.

A new height adjustable chair and table, portable book holder and coloured page overlays are now available

The library now has a table which can be adjusted for readers which is located near the books on religion / mythology in the history / civilisation room. A portable book holder and coloured page overlays are available to use in the library. Please ask for this at the Library reception desk.

New Library Agreement

The Library is very pleased to announce that the new twenty-five year agreement between the University of London and the Hellenic and Roman Library (HARL) concerning the management and finance of the Library was finally signed on 28 April 2016, with a view to securing and stabilising its long-term future. Thanks are due to all parties who were involved in the protracted negotiations. As a result of this agreement, the University of London will henceforward be responsible for providing and paying for space, while HARL (i.e. the Societies) will be responsible for the costs associated with the Library staff: a fund-raising campaign will be launched to assist with this. Under the terms of the agreement the current Library Committee will be superseded by two new Committees: a Combined Library Management Committee and a Collections Development Committee.

Theft of a lap-top from the Library - April 2016

Please do not leave your personal property (lap-tops / wallets / purses) unattended at any time in the Library.
Please purchase your own cable / padlock and use the security loops on the desks. Additional loops have recently been installed in the Literature Rooms.

Loss of Library card

If anyone has lost / misplaced their library card, it is essential that this is reported to library staff immediately

Movement of stock

1. Books on Painting and Mosaics (classmarks 133A through to 133E.9) have been moved from the Archaeology Room to the Computer Room, (Room 344). The David Smith Mosaic Archive Collection, a reference only collection with a separate classification scheme has also been moved into this room.
2. The Tract volumes which were in the Computer Room have been moved to the area adjacent to the Papyrology / Epigraphy Room and the New Books area. This arrangement brings the Tract Boxes and Tract Volumes closer together.
3. Books on Computing / Classics (classmark 98A.1) remain in the Computer Room but have been moved to a different set of shelves.
4. The Cotton Foundation Collection of books, (reference only) have been moved to the Computer Room.

Free Offprints / pamphlets in the Computer Room

Please help youself to any of the offprints from Room 344 at the far end of the Library.

Library Annual Report

The Current Annual Report for 2015-2016 is now available. Previous reports will be posted in due course.

Library entrance gate

There is now one entry / exit gate into the library Library staff appreciate your patience as readers may have to wait to exit / enter at busy times.

Virtual Tour of the Library

Winnington Ingram Trainee Library Post

Applications for 2017 / 2018 are now closed. Details about the post may be found here.

Payments to the Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies

Please note that all payments for Joint Library business (for scans / prints / postage / sales of books from our duplicate book sale shelves / donations and fines) are to be paid into a new account "The Hellenic and Roman Library". Due to the charges imposed with credit / debit card payments, we can only accept card payments for amounts of 10.00 and over.

New Library Service

By registering your email address to the New Books List you will receive an monthly announcement giving details of the books recently acquired by the library arranged by subject categories. Please note that there maybe problems sending this list to gmail accounts

Opening hours / Closure periods

Full details are provided here Opening hours / Closure periods

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