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Faculty of Classics Library and Archives

Library Space Open (updated 12 November)

Library Services are continuing as before through the new lockdown period.

The Library is currently open 10-6 Monday to Friday, and 1-4 Saturday (although subject to change due to circumstances at short notice so please keep checking back). 

After term ends on Friday 4 December, the Library will be open 10-1 Monday to Friday.  It will be closed from 1 pm on Friday 18 December reopening on Monday 4 January. (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 4 November 2020):

Study Space: (booking in advance)

Seats have to be booked in advance, and cancelled if you cannot make it, via the seat booking system here.

Please read the instructions at the top of the booking form and note that although bookings run from 7-7 those who do not have out-of-hours access must only remain in the Library during the general opening hours of 10-6 M-F and 1-4 Saturdays. 

Any registered reader may book seats although priority may have to be given to members of the Faculty if demand is high.  Other study spaces are available at other libraries, such as History (10-6 M-F, and 12-4.30 on Saturdays).  Booking information available here.  

Browse and Borrow: (no booking necessary)

  • Any reader at the University registered to borrow from Classics may borrow (please email us if you are unsure if you are registered to borrow or to register if you are member of the University not at Classics and never borrowed before)
  • You must have the classmark/shelfmark with you and have checked availability on iDiscover before arriving.  The computer catalogues are not available in the Library.
  • Only 15 people are allowed to enter the Library to browse and borrow books.  If we reach this limit you will be asked to wait.  
  • Enter and leave the Faculty building via Entrance 1.  Do not enter other parts of the building unless you have arranged to do so.  


Books may be returned in person via the Self-service machine in the Library during opening hours.  Books may also be returned to 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 this way 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, although you may fill in the form for books held at Classics too.

Self-Isolating Students:

If you are unable to obtain the resources you need online you may nominate a person to collect books on your behalf.  Please email the library with the books you require and the name of the person collecting them.  The Library will let you know when the books have been issued and are ready to collect.

Contact Library Staff at .

Useful links on library services at this time, induction videos and booking systems are available on the Welcome to 2020 page of the Classics libguide.

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.



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 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
Suggest a Book

Follow the Library on Facebook






Search the library collections across the University


Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

The Library is open 10-6 Monday to Friday and 1-4 Saturday in term. (This may change at short notice so please keep checking the website)
From 7 December open M-F 10-1, closed Saturdays.  Closed from 1 pm on 18 December, reopening Monday 4 January.


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



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