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Faculty of Classics


Welcome to the Faculty of Classics Library and Archives.

The Library supports the research of senior members, postgraduates, official visitors and undergraduates of the University of Cambridge.

The Archives hold records connected to the work of Classics Faculty staff and scholars. For more information see "about the Archives".  

Library Opening Hours (updated 5 May 2022)

The Library is open 9-6 Monday to Friday and 2-5 Saturdays (depending on staffing) in term.  The Library is open as normal on the Bank Holidays in June. 

If you wish to work later in Exam term the Main University Library will be open 9 am to 10 pm in the week. 

See below for available services.  Staff are available via  Monday to Fridays 9 to 5.  

Face coverings are still recommended when moving round the Library or when sat in close proximity to other people on desks,  unless you have a medical exemption. There are materials for wiping the desks if you wish.

Library Services on offer (last updated 21 September 2021):

Study Space and Borrowing: 

There is now no need to book a desk to study or to borrow.  We ask that people space themselves as much as possible around the Library. So one person per desk, then when necessary 2 people at opposing ends and so on.  

If you require material from closed stacks (indicated on iDiscover) please request before 4.00 Monday to Friday.  Material cannot be fetched at weekends.

If you cannot visit the library to borrow please email with details of the books you require and the person who will be collecting them for you and we will arrange for the items to be issued to you.

Any problems please contact  


Books may be returned to the library and discharged via the self-issue/return machine.  Books may also be returned via the Sidgwick Book return boxes by Lady Mitchell Hall and near the English Faculty.  Please note that there may be a delay in books returned via the sidgboxes being removed from your borrowing record.  

Scan and Deliver:

Current staff and students requiring one chapter or article from a book/ journal may request a scan to be emailed to them.  Details available on the UL website, and please fill in the form for books held at Classics too.

Check the staying safe information on the University website for details on dealing with the pandemic.  Check the University Library using the libraries page for further information on Library services available across the University at this time.





Library Quick Links

Pay my fines online

(Please note that the fine will not be cleared automatically on payment. You must wait until a member of library staff receives a notification during the working day. You can also pay fines via "my account" on iDiscover.)


Find a Book or journal / Renew & request - search iDiscover
Search the university's ebook, ejournal and database collections
Classics LibGuide, including info on useful online databases
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See Faculty Reading Lists and Exam Papers (on Moodle: Raven Password)
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Need help? Ask the Classics Librarian
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Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

Monday to Friday: 9-6, Saturdays: 2-5 (depending on staffing) in term. 
The Library is open on the Bank Holidays in June.
In vacation: Monday to Friday 10-4.

Archives Opening Hours and Contact

The Archives are open to email inquiries from readers.

We are currently not able to facilitate in-person visits until further notice.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 335167

Latest news

‘Digital Thessaly' project

24 May 2022

The British School at Athens and the Archives of the Faculty of Classics and Pembroke College are pleased to announce that the first phase of the project ‘Digital Thessaly’ has been completed. Funded by the Cambridge Digital Humanities, this project reunites on BSA Digital Collections Alan Wace’s research notebooks that...

Teaching Associate in Ancient History

24 May 2022

Details of how to apply for this full time, fixed term post are now available online:

Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator

17 May 2022

Details of how to apply of this part time, fixed term post are now available online. Closing date: 20 June 2022.

New Assistant Professors of Classics

8 April 2022

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Assistant Professors of Classics who will join the Faculty in Michaelmas 2022. This is the largest number of simultaneous new appointments for some time: Dr Laura Castelli Dr Lea Niccolai Dr Shushma Malik Dr Henry Spelman We look forward to welcoming them to...