Library News

Library reception desk refurbishment

This summer the University of London is undertaking a refurbishment of the 3rd floor lobby area, including the library issue desk. Though the lobby will be closed for the duration of the work, the library will still be open as normal, so here is all the information you need to know to get you through the new access arrangements and a plan to show the temporary route. The refurbishment is scheduled to begin on 1st August, and we expect to back to the 3rd floor main entrance for Monday 25th September. On Saturday the 23rd, the temporary entrance will still be in use. During this time the library will remain open in line with standard opening hours.

To reach the library, take the lift to the 3rd floor and turn right though some doors labelled ‘To rooms 347-355’, and follow the corridor round through several sets of doors. This will take you to the back entrance of the Numismatics Room, which will serve as the temporary library entrance.

We have put up signs and green directional arrows to make the route as clear as possible. The Library reception desk will be in the Numismatics room and books / journals in this room will still be accessible to readers, but, since we will need to move equipment there from the current issue desk, the room unfortunately cannot be used as reading space.

Since most of the 3rd floor lobby will be closed, it is only the Ladies toilets will be accessible. Please be aware that staff will be asking to see your library cards when you enter the library since the usual entry gate will not be re-positioned for this refurbishment period Some lockers will be available near the temporary entrance and the rest will remain available / accessible on the 3rd floor for the duration of the works. There may be a delay in accessing the lifts if the builders are using them to bring up materials.

Thank you for your patience during this period.

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.

Auction room catalogues

In order to free up some shelf space, auction catalogues from Christies and Sotherbys (shelf marks 130A) have been moved to the shelves opposite the new books shelves.

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


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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