The Classical Faculty Library exists primarily to serve the needs of all those reading, researching or teaching Classics at Cambridge University. The collection has over 60,000 volumes and is constantly expanding to meet the needs of its readers.
This page deals with the hard-copy holdings of the Library. See also the Electronic Resources page.
The Classical Faculty Library holds books on the Classical world of ancient Greece and Rome: its literature, history, philosophy, mythology and religion, palaeography, linguistics and philology, art, sculpture, numismatics and archaeology (including Pre-Hellenic and Etruscan archaeology). The Modern Greek collection is primarily literary, but also includes books on Byzantine and Modern Greek history.
This presentation explains a little more about the subjects covered in the collection and how they are organised:
The Library holds periodicals relevant to the Classical world, and has over 150 current titles.
The Library has also expanded to include fully searchable e-books which can be found by searching Newton.
The Library holds Cambridge MPhil dissertations in Classics (Cambridge PhD theses are held by the University Library). Closed access material such as Short Loan materials, pre-1851 books, rare books, pamphlets, books in the Mycenean Epigraphy Collection, special collections can be requested. They are fetched on weekdays only.
- Leake Collection. This is a collection of notebooks of the journeys in Greece of Colonel Leake (1777-1860), soldier and topographer.
- Owen Collection. G.E.L. Owen studied Ancient Greek philosophy. This collection includes philosophical books, pamphlets and offprints, working versions of published papers, early working notes and unpublished manuscripts.
- Map Collection. The Library holds maps drawn up by the War Office in the 1940s. These are of particular interest to archaeologists for their excellent topographical detail.