Library News


Foundation Day, Tuesday 21st November 2017

This year the library will be closed at 1.30 pm to allow for Foundation Day ceremonies. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Monsters Free Public engagement evening 17th October 2017

The library has set up a display of rare books in 3 cases in conjunction with this event - available for readers and visitors to see until the end of October. The accompanying notes are available here.

Library reception desk refurbishment

The Library reception desk in the 3rd floor lobby area has now been refurbished and opened on 25th September. The lockers are now located behind the white wall which provides a backdrop to the new seating area. There are plans for this wall to display the Institute of Classical Studies / Hellenic and Roman Societies names and logos. It is hoped that there will an area to display notices of seminars and lectures of interest to our readers.

Computer Room booked for teaching sessions

Two classes have been arranged for MA (University of London) students and therefore the Computer room will not be available on Friday 24th November 2.00 - 4.00 pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Additional security loops on study desks

Eight more security loops for use with lap top computers have now been fitted so that all library desk areas have this facility. Readers are encouraged to use bring their own security cable to make use of this facility.

Hellenic and Roman Societies' sculpture day

The library set up a display of rare books in 3 cases for those attending the Sculpture day on 28th June 2017. The accompanying notes are available here.

Evening opening for the Autumn term

Evening opening on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will start on Tuesday 3rd October until Thursday 14th December 2017

Scanner

We have had a foot pedal fitted to the Zeutschel scanner which allows members to hold the pages flat on the scanner bed (as usual) and not have to release a finger to press the scan button or bars.

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 Roma; Athenaeum.

Library Survey May 2017

We would like to thank the 169 people who responded to our survey in May. A report is now available.

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 option - Off site access available for University of London students and staff with current SHL or SAS cards.
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.

Loss of Library card

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

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.

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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