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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 Limited Services (updated 12 May 2021)

The Library is opening 10-4 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.  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 12 May 2021):

Study Space: 

Members of the Classics Faculty only may book a study space for 3 hours or 1 hour slots between 10 and 4 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 4-7 in the evenings.  Undergraduates will only have access 10-4. 

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. 

Browse and Borrow - no need to book (10 to 4 Monday to Friday):

Registered members of the library may Browse and Borrow between 10-4 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.  

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:

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 4.  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 via the Sidgwick Book return boxes by Lady Mitchell Hall and near the English Faculty or via the Library between 10 and 4.  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
Contact the Library
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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Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

Open 10-4 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

New gift to further support Joyce Reynolds Awards

15 June 2021

The Faculty is enormously grateful to Karen and Peter Ventress for their generous gift to further support our efforts to encourage more diversity among students studying Classics at Cambridge. Karen and Peter have made a gift of £40k to fund a further studentship under the banner of the Joyce Reynolds Awards . The Awards...

Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology

14 June 2021

The Board of Electors to the Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology invite applications from those whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at:

It is with immense sadness that the Faculty reports that Elizabeth (Lisa) French passed away yesterday in Cambridge, 10 June 2021. She was 90.

11 June 2021

Lisa read Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1949-1952). In 1961 she was awarded her doctorate from University College London on The Development of Mycenaean Terracotta Figurines . She became a leading expert of Mycenaean pottery and figurines, forging a distinguished career in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean...

Student led teaching awards 2021

24 May 2021

The Faculty is proud to announce that Torsten Meissner and Mark Darling have been recognised for the excellence of their teaching by the Student Union in this year's Student-Led Teaching Awards. Dr Meissner has won the second prize (Highly Commended) in the category "Lecturer". Dr Darling has won the second prize (Highly...