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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 12 September 2022)

The Library is open 10-4 Monday to Friday in vacation.

If the library needs to close at short notice we will update the website so please check before visiting.  

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 library@classics.cam.ac.uk 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 library@classics.cam.ac.uk.  

Returns:

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.  

https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/using-library/zero-contact-services/scan-deliver

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.

 

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(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.)

 

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Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

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

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
E-mail: archives@classics.cam.ac.uk

Latest news

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

BBC Radio 4 - Reflections on Majesty, Mary Beard

12 September 2022

Mary Beard is one of ten writers and scholars invited by the BBC to reflect on their experience of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the link below to listen: Listen here

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...