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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".  

Covid Protocols Remaining in place (added 3 August)

Cambridge University Libraries are continuing current Covid-secure protocols in libraries until further notice.  This includes booking study spaces, social-distancing and wearing face-coverings, unless exempt. These policies will be reviewed in line with University updates and changes indicated on the website.  

Library Opening Hours (updated 23 August 2021)

The Library is open 10-1 Monday to Friday  (except for those with out-of-hours access that may continue to access from 7 am to 7 pm).  Please see below for available services and options for afternoons.  Staff are available via . (This is subject to change so please check regularly).  

Everyone entering the library must wear a face covering, unless you have a medical exemption.  Please wash/sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the building.

Library Services on offer (last updated 23 August 2021):

Study Space: 

Members of the Classics Faculty only may book a study space for 3 hours or 1 hour slots between 10 and 1 Monday to Friday when the library door will be open.  Those with out-of-hours access (Classics postgrads and academics and offical visitors) may continue to book 7-10 in the morning and 1-7 in the evenings, as well as 10-1.  Undergraduates will only have access 10-1. If you are a member of the University not at Classics, during the vacation you will be able to book 10-1, where space is available but please get in touch with the library staff to book a slot.  1 hour slots between 10 and 1 can be booked. 

For 3 hours slots please book at

Please note you will need to be logged in with your Raven/Cambridge ID and not your personal google account.  When you find an available slot then click at the link near the top of the sheet to book the place.  Any problems please contact  Please let us know your status as well, for example 1st year Classics student. 

For 1 hour slots please book at 

There are 2 spaces on desk 12 and 1 Standing Space.  You may only book 1 slot a day.

Other Faculties and Departmental students: If you taking a Classics paper and need to study in the Library, please email the library to ask for access to the booking form.  Please include the details of the paper you are taking. If you are not taking a paper please contact the library staff with the day you would like to book and we will book you in depending on demand.

Browse and Borrow - no need to book (10 to 1 Monday to Friday):

Registered members of the library may Browse and Borrow between 10-1 Monday to Friday.  Please note if there are more than 10 people you may be asked to wait.  Outside those times people with out-of-hours access (Classics postgraduates etc) may borrow.  If you cannot make 10-1 please get in touch with the library staff and we may be able to provide access in the afternoon to borrow, depending on staffing.

Please note that you may not sit at a table (even if it is free) unless you have booked a slot, see above.  Outside those times please submit a click and collect request, information below.

Click and Collect (only if self-isolating or shielding):

This is no longer running as readers may fetch and borrow their own books.  However, if you are unable to visit the Faculty (self-isolating, shielding etc) then you may email Library Staff at   who will issue the books you need to your ticket.  Please let us know the name of the person who will be collecting them for you.  Please provide the following details: 

Title of the book (including Classmark/Shelfmark) or the permalink from iDiscover record (click through onto the full book entry then near the top is a permalink button.  Click on that and copy the link - this provides details of the book and the shelfmark).  

Your borrower barcode (found on the back of your blue University Card or white UL card - normally a 5 letter/number combination).

The name of the person collecting the books for you and the day. This must be Monday to Friday between 10 and 1.  Please allow at least one working day between the request and collection. So if you email us Friday then collection will be Tuesday onwards.  

We will email you back to confirm that we have issued the book (or books) and when you can collect.   

If you are away from Cambridge do email with details of books you need and we will try to source an electronic version.


Books may be returned in the library 10-1 Monday to Friday.  Books may also be returned via the Sidgwick Book return boxes by Lady Mitchell Hall and near the English Faculty although these get full.  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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Log in to Moodle VLE
See Faculty Reading Lists and Exam Papers (on Moodle: Raven Password)
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Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

Open 10-1 Monday to Friday.  

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

Ancient Greek ‘pop culture’ discovery rewrites history of poetry and song

8 September 2021

New research into a little-known text written in ancient Greek shows that ‘stressed poetry’, the ancestor of all modern poetry and song, was already in use in the 2 nd Century CE, 300 years earlier than previously thought.

Roman York beneath the streets: Research Associate

17 August 2021

The Faculty invites applications for a Research Associate on the new AHRC funded Roman York beneath the streets project. The closing date is Monday 20 September 2021. See here for more details .

Open letter on anti-racism: a response from the Faculty Board of Classics

16 July 2021

The response to the Open Letter on anti-racism, together with an action plan outlining the Faculty’s strategy, is now available online. Read here for more details

Martin Millett elected as President of the Society of Antiquaries of London

7 July 2021

Professor Martin Millett FBA, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, has been elected as President of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2021-24). Founded in 1707, the Society of Antiquaries of London is an educational charity that promotes the understanding of the human past and...