Library News


Summer closure from 6.00 pm on Friday 19th August

The library is now closed for two weeks and will re-open at 9.30 am on Monday 5th September

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 Under the terms of the agreement the current Library Committee will be superseded by two new Committees ?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.

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

The ICS / Joint Library is in the process of installing a new Library Management system and as a result there is a new link to follow:
The new login link is here

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 in March 2016 so this will be reflected in our outward charges for readers

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.

Evening opening in the Autumn term 2016

The Library's extended opening hours until 8.00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will begin on Tuesday 4th October 2016 and end on Thursday 15th December


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 2014-2015 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

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 (E.Dickey@reading.ac.uk)

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 2016 / 2017 are now closed. However, for those interested in the post for future years, 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 Roman Society - Joint 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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