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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/Closures (updated 28 May 2024)

The Library will be closed 12-16 August to all (including swipe card access) for stockcheck.

The Library is open Monday to Friday 10-4 in the vacation, except 29 July to 2 September when we will be closed on Mondays.  If you need access to material not held elsewhere on a Monday then do email us to arrange access (swipe card access will be available).

The Library is open 9-6 Monday to Friday and on Saturdays 2-5 (depending on staffing) in Full term.

University Term Dates

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.  

Library Services on offer :

Study Space and Borrowing: 

People are welcome to sit anywhere they like; there are no reservations. 

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 when the library is closed. 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.

The University website features a student support section, information to advise you on topics such as mental health, physical health and accessibility. Check the University Library using the libraries page for further information on Library services available across the University.





Library Quick Links

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
Contact the Library
Suggest a resource (including books and journals)
Log in to Moodle VLE
See Faculty Reading Lists and Exam Papers (on Moodle: Raven Password)
Answers to questions on the University's Libraries or ask for help
Need help? Ask the Classics Librarian

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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.)







Search the library collections across the University



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.
Closed 12-16 August for stockcheck
Closed Mondays 29 July to 2 September, except by appointment
Archives Opening Hours and Contact

The Archives are open to email inquiries from readers and bookings for in-person consultations.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 335167

Latest news

VIEWS project Visiting Fellowships

20 May 2024

We invite applications for two funded VIEWS project Visiting Fellowships, with a deadline of 30th June 2024. For further details please follow this link.

Dr Richard Duncan-Jones FBA 1937-2024

19 May 2024

The Faculty is saddened by news of the death of Dr Richard Duncan-Jones FBA FSA. He had been a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College since 1963 where he was a college lecture in Classics and Director of Studies for many years.

New appointment in Latin literature

15 May 2024

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Elena Giusti as a new Assistant Professor of Latin literature. She will join the Faculty in the new academic year. Elena will be joining from the University of Warwick, where she is currently Associate Professor of Latin . She works broadly on Roman literature and...

AHRC CDP studentship - Acquiring the Mediterranean: exploring local agencies in the acquisition of antiquities from Greece and the Ottoman Empire by Charles Newton at the British Museum, 1861–1886.

9 May 2024

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship Acquiring the Mediterranean: exploring local agencies in the acquisition of antiquities from Greece and the Ottoman Empire by Charles Newton at the British Museum, 1861–1886. The Faculty of Classics and the British Museum are excited to announce a fully funded...