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Institute of Classical Studies Library
Joint library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies
Senate House
Malet Street
WC1E 7HU

Telephone: 020 7862 8709

General enquiries
iclass.enquiries@london.ac.uk

Library Staff

Librarian
Ms Joanna Ashe, Ms Joanna Ashe, MSc, MA
Telephone: 020 7862 8710
joanna.ashe@sas.ac.uk

Deputy Librarian
Mr Paul L. Jackson, MA, MCLIP
Telephone: 020 7862 8712
paul.jackson@london.ac.uk

Senior Library Assistant
Ms Sue J. Willetts, MSc, MA, MCLIP
Telephone: (library desk) 020 7862 8709
sue.willetts@london.ac.uk

Library Assistant
Mr Christopher Ashill, MA, MLib, MCLIP
Telephone: (library workroom) 020 7862 8711
christopher.ashill@london.ac.uk

Dr Flor Herrero Valdes,
Telephone: (library desk (020 7862 8709)
flor.herrero@london.ac.uk

Winnington Ingram Trainee post
Ms Naomi Rebis, BA
Telephone: (library desk) 020 7862 8709
naomi.rebis@london.ac.uk

For further information about the Winnington-Ingram traineeship, please click here.

Joanna Ashe is the Librarian. She studied Classics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. Her previous post was at the Royal College of Physicians' Library. She studied part time at City University for a MSc in Library and Information Science.



Paul Jackson is the Deputy Librarian. He is responsible for cataloguing and classifying the Library's books and liaises with the reviews editors of the Hellenic and Roman Societies? journals regarding review books requested and received by the Library. He administers the Library's Rare Book collection in its new Suite, material ranging from a 1501 edition of Livy to books annotated by Michael Ventris. He is the contact point for Health and Safety matters in the Institute and represents the Institute on the SAS Health and Safety Committee. He also represents the Library on the London Byzantine Sub-Committee and edits its twice-yearly book-list, which coordinates the acquisition of Byzantine material in London. He read Classics at Magdalene College Cambridge, before a year as a SCONUL trainee at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria).

Sue Willetts is the Senior Library Assistant with responsibility for circulation and reader services, including electronic resources, and assists with updating the library's webpage. She is currently the chair of the Staff Training Group for the University's Graduate Trainee programme. She studied at the University of Sheffield, reading Ancient History / Classical Civilisation as an undergraduate. She then took a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at The College of Librarianship Wales (CLW) in Aberystwyth, which included a period of work experience. She was very pleased to be able to spend this time in the ICS / Joint Library when it was based in Gordon Square. Her first library post was in a Polytechnic's business and law library where she became a Subject Librarian, during which time she studied part time for MSc in Information Systems and Technology at London's City University. She returned to the ICS Library in 1990 as a Library Assistant. In more recent years, she studied for an MA in Classical Studies with the Open University, with a final dissertation on Costume in Aristophanic comedy. Her interests in the Classical world are wide ranging and include Greek tragedy and comedy, especially modern performances, Greek vase painting and the history and archaeology of Roman Britain.

Christopher Ashill joined the staff of the Institute of Classical Studies Library in June 2009 as Periodicals Library Assistant. His main responsibilities include the day-to-day administration of the Library's periodical collection, and maintaining a programme of publication exchanges with libraries, museums, universities, professional associations and individual scholars across the world. He also enjoys assisting the Library's readers while staffing the enquiry desk. After graduating in History from Worcester College Oxford, Christopher completed a Masters qualification in Information and Library Studies at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Thereafter he enjoyed working in a variety of academic and specialist libraries, including the Lindley Library of the Royal Horticultural Society and the University of London Library (now Senate House Library).

Naomi Rebis is the current Winnington-Ingram Trainee [a post at the ICS/Joint Library which offers a year's training for a graduate interested in pursuing a career in librarianship.] She studied Classics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and though Greek literature was her chief interest she kept her final choices as broad as possible, studying Homeric epic, Plato, and some art/archaeology. She particularly enjoyed writing her dissertation on how Shakespeare uses Classical literature to portray emotion in his drama and poetry, because it gave her the chance to enjoy many texts she'd never studied before (both Classical and Shakespearean!). Naomi is very excited to learn all the ins and outs of librarianship over the coming year, while also enjoying some of the fascinating books surrounding her.


Flor Herrero Valdes is a part time Library Assistant of the ICS/Joint Library, as from October 2014. Her main responsibility is the binding of the Periodicals and providing assistance to the Periodicals Library Assistant, Christopher Ashill. She studied Classics as an undergraduate, at the University of Granada, Spain, and has recently completed her PhD, at the University of Malaga, Spain. Her dissertation is entitled "Edition, translation and commentary of the Greek Magical Hymns". She specializes in late Antiquity Poetics, Mystery Religions, Mythology and Magic, and Greek Papyrology.