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Faculty of Classics Library and Archives

Library Limited Services (updated 19 January)

The Library is currently closed (except for those with out-of-hours access). 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 19 January 2021):

Study Space: (booking in advance)

BOOKINGS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED (except for keyholders/swipe card access).   

Browse and Borrow: (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED) (except for keyholders)

Click and Collect:

If you are a member of the University and need to borrow a book from the Classics library that is not held at the UL or available online then please email the following details to :

Details 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).

A preferred collection day/time.  This must be Monday to Friday between 10 and 3.  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.  Staff are limiting travel to the workplace, in line with the current lockdown, so we cannot guarantee collections every day. 

Please note that if you have swipe card access to the Library you can continue to enter to borrow material you need. 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 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, and please fill in the form for books held at Classics too.

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

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Search the library collections across the University


Opening Hours and Contact Details

Library Opening Hours and Contact

The physical Library is currently closed.


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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The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

Facilitating school visits and learning Latin with MoCA

Feb 23, 2021

Justyna Ladosz, Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, explains how she continues to facilitate lessons for school groups whilst the Museum remains closed, and how the Faculty’s students continue to deliver the Learn Latin with MoCA project.

Rebecca Flemming has been appointed a Joukowsky Lecturer

Feb 23, 2021

Dr Rebecca Flemming, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Jesus College, has been appointed as a Joukowsky Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for 2020-21. Rebecca also recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time discussing the Justinianic Plague.

Gates scholarship

Feb 11, 2021

The Faculty congratulates Emeline McClellan from the University of Georgia on winning a highly competitive US Gates scholarship for pursuing the MPhil in Classics at Cambridge.

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