Library News

Change to the Library entrance gates

There will be just one entry / exit gate into the library for some time as work continues in the Library Reception area to create a separate entrance for our new neighbours, UCL. Library staff appreciate your co-operation during this period.

Virtual Tour of the Library

Movement of library stock and space

The welcome re-unification of the ICS and its Library after a long process of “de-convergence” has had repercussions for Library space. The Librarian has been able to retain his current office but with the Library Staff Workroom lent to Institute of Classical Studies Publications, it has been decided to make use of the room which was previously occupied by Christian texts. This has only been made possible by the transfer of a substantial amount of extra mobile shelving obtained from the Institute of Historical Research Library who have now moved back to refurbished accommodation in the north block of Senate House. The installation of these shelves – 270 in all – at the end of the main reading room (Art and Archaeology) had itself engendered a number of changes, including the redistribution of the Library’s OPACS, the move of one bank of readers’ desks to the near end of the same room, and another bank to the Computer Room. However, the extra shelf space had proved invaluable, through a number of judicious alterations, in alleviating the pressure on space where it had been particularly tight, both in the civilisation and literature reading rooms. One by-product had also been the re-unification of the whole of Homer in one room, as opposed to the separation of the Iliad from the Odyssey into two rooms as before! A revised map is available for readers to use and staff will be pleased to direct readers to the books and journals affected by these moves which are those with Classmarks:: 75-76; 96-98; 117-123; 127; 151-153; 200-206; ST.19-20; ST 28.

Death of Miss Ana Healey, Librarian of the Institute of Classical Studies / Joint Library who retired in 1989

We very much regret to announce the passing on 21st August of Miss Anastasia (Ana) E. Healey, who was Librarian of the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and the Institute of Classical Studies Library until 1989, when the Library was housed in Gordon Square. Her funeral took place at 2 p.m. on 11th September at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney, Lincolnshire. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. (3.3.1932-21.08.2014)

New ICS Director appointed

An authority on the history of the Roman Empire has been appointed Director of the Institute of Classical Studies. Professor Greg Woolf, who is currently Professor of Ancient History at St Andrews University, is a prolific writer who has lectured all over the world as well as holding fellowships in various Oxford and Cambridge colleges. His many historical publications include: Becoming Roman. The origins of provincial civilization in Gaul; Et tu Bruté? The murder of Caesar and political assassination; Tales of the Barbarians. Ethnography and empire in the Roman west; Rome. An Empire's Story. Professor Woolf will assume his new role from 1 January 2015. He succeeds Professor John North, Emeritus Professor of History and former head of the History Department at University College London, who has held the directorship in an acting capacity since January 2012.

Professor Woolf has won various research awards, the most recent being an Anneliese Maier Research Prize from the German Humboldt Foundation. Valued at €250,000, the prize will allow him to work with academics and postgraduates at the University of Erfurt on a range of projects relating to the religions of the Roman empire. Professor Roger Kain, CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: ‘After a rigorous selection process Professor Woolf emerged as the outstanding candidate to lead the Institute of Classical Studies and I am delighted that we have been able to make such an excellent appointment. Professor Woolf, brings a wealth of experience and scholarly expertise, which will prove an invaluable asset as the Institute continues to evolve and prosper.’

New scanner

The library is pleased to announce that the new Zeutschel Zeta scanner has arrived and available for use by readers. Scans are made in color / greyscale or black and white. The cost is 5p per scan or 10p per printed page (black and white prints only). Please bring your own USB / Memory stick. With the scanner, volumes are placed face upwards in the book cradle which protects volumes from being damaged. Library users are required to purchase a re-chargeable card for £1.00 to which credit may be added. Library staff are generally available to show readers how to make scans.

Old Photocopier

Please note that during the Library summer closed period, the Oce photocopier has been removed. When the library re-opens readers will be directed to use the new Zeutschel Zeta scanner. Scans may be saved to USB or may be printed (double sided if required)

JSTOR access

Unfortunately it has not been possible to re-establish off-site access for members of the Hellenic and Roman Societies. However, any individual can join JSTOR's Register and Read Scheme which provides free, limited access to the back issues of a number of journals in classics and related disciplines. Further information is available here

Another possible method of access is via a JPASS membership. This allows individuals to have access to almost all Jstor journals for an annual fee. Members of the group Hortensii : tackling the problems facing PhD's without permanent jobs have a 25% discount on a JPASS subscription which Roman and Hellenic Society members can benefit from. Contact Eleanor Dickey for a link to the discount offer (

Access to JSTOR is still possible from the Computer Room within the Joint Library and we would like to remind members that they may be able to obtain off-site access via their own academic institutions.

Winnington Ingram Trainee Library Post

Applications for 2015/2016 are now closed. Details about the post can be found here.

Payments to the Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies

Please note that from 1st May 2013, all payments for Joint Library business (for photocopies / postage / sales of books from our duplicate book sale shelves / donations and fines) are to be paid into a new account "The Roman Society - Joint Library". Anyone who has a old style invoice or payment request slip which requests payment to The Hellenic Society - please disregard this and pay the new account. 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.

Saturday Opening

Please note that the Library does not open on Saturdays during August

Evening Opening

Evening opening will end on Thursday 11th December 2014 and begin again on 13th January until 12th March 2015

Easter Closure

The Library will close at 6pm on Wednesday 1st April and will re-open Wednesday 8th April at 9.30 am.

Summer Closure

The Library will close at 6pm on Friday 21st August and will re-open on Monday 7th September 2014. Please note: The Library is normally closed for the last two weeks in August / early September (to include the Bank Holiday Monday), and on all Saturdays in August.

Postage charges

Please note that postal charges (franking rates) for sending postal loans / photocopies have increased from 31st March 2014

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