New Librarian appointed
We are delighted to announce that Joanna Ashe will be the new Librarian of the Combined Classics Library and joins us from May 22nd 2017. She is currently working at the library of the Royal College of Physicians. She has an MSc in Library and Information Sciences and a BA in Classics from Oxford University.
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Under the terms of the agreement the current Library Committee will be superseded by two new Committees: a Combined Library Management Committee and a Collections Development Committee.
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 Spring term 2017
The Library's extended opening hours until 8.00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
will begin on Tuesday 10th January 2017 and end on Thursday 23rd March 2017
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.
Library entrance gateThere 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
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 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