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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 12 January 2023)

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

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

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.  

It is down to personal preference if you choose to wear a face covering when moving round the Library, or when sat in close proximity to other people on desks. There are materials for wiping the desks if you wish.

Library Services on offer (last updated 04 October 2022):

Study Space and Borrowing: 

People are welcome to sit anywhere they like; there are no reservations. Although please try to spread out around the library as much as possible rather than crowding on one desk unless you are in a group.  This is especially the case in winter when flu and covid are more prevalent. 

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.

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

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.