Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Christmas / New Year Closing times

The Library will close at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd December 2008 and re-open on Monday 5th January 2009 at 9.30 am. We wish all our readers a Happy and Peaceful Holiday.

Thursday, 27 November 2008


The Library has acquired a Hewlett Packard scanner (5300c series) for readers to use in the computer room. It is a flat-bed scanner which can be used for black / white or colour images. Unfortunately as of January 2009, this no longer works! but we will be looking into purchasing a new one in the near future.

Sad news for 3 journals

We no longer subscribe to the following journals in the library published by Fabrizio Serra due to overwhelming price increases this year.

The journals are:
Musiva & sectilia: international journal for the study of ancient pavements and wall revetments in their decorative and architectural context - this was purchased for the David Smith Mosaic Archive. Hardback copy price up by over 100% from €445 to €895.
Orizzonti: rassegna di archeologia. Up by 65.5% from €420 to €695.
Workshop di archeologia classica: paesaggi, costruzioni, reperti. Paperback copy price up by 6.2% from €325 to €345.

Our subscription to Mediterranea: quaderni annuali dell'Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà Italiche e del Mediterraneo Antico del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche is also under consideration for the same reason.

At this present moment we are priced out of the market. Fortunately, those wishing to consult the current scholarship in these important journals may continue to do so at the British Library. We apologise for the inappropriate gap in our holdings.

We would be interested to hear from any other libraries or institutions who have the same problems.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Joint Association of Classical Teachers

We would like to welcome Ms Robyn Wheatley the new Administrator for JACT who has taken over from Anna Bayraktar. Email:

Monday, 29 September 2008

Evening opening for Autumn term

Evening opening starts this week.
So, from tomorrow, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the Library will be open until 8pm. This will continue until Thursday the 11th of December.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

New Byzantine periodical

The Library now receives Acta Byzantina Fennica as part of the Institute of Classical Studies' exchange with The Finnish Society for Byzantine Studies. The annual journal covers scholarship in Late Antiquity (Greek), Byzantine, Modern Greek and Ottoman Studies. We have from N.s. 1, 2002, onwards.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Archeologia Aerea

Archeologia Aerea is a new periodical for the Joint Library. The first issue, 1 (2004), is subtitled Studi di aerotopografia archeologica. No. 2 was published in 2007 so hopefully it will arrive soon.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Library closed 16th August - 31st August

Just a reminder that Friday 15th August will be the last day the Library is open before it shuts for two weeks. It will close promptly at 6.00 pm.
We will re-open on Monday 1st September. Please note that although Senate House Library will remain open it will not be possible to return Joint Library books during this time. Please wait until we re-open to return books - the closure period will not be counted for any fines.

Friday, 8 August 2008

New periodical

The Joint Library now subscribes to Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Friuli Venezia Giulia from 1/2006. It covers archaeological research from the Italian regions of Pordenone, Udine, Gorizia and Trieste.

New member of staff

We welcome Katie Rose to the library staff as the new graduate trainee for the year 2008-09. She graduated from King's College London this year with a degree in Classics and we hope she will enjoy her time here at the library.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Triennial Meeting

Joint Committee Of The Greek and Roman Societies

The Classical Association,

The British School at Athens, The British School at Rome,

The Joint Association of Classical Teachers,

The Hellenic Society, The Roman Society.


To be held in

under the auspices of the Faculty of Classics,
University of Oxford

Monday, 28 July to Friday, 1 August 2008

Update 25/06/08: Bookings are still being taken and will continue to be taken until the conference commences.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Digital Classicist Podcasts

From the Digital Classicists at King's College London

"Dear all,

This summer's Digital Classicist/Institute for Classical Studies Work in Progress Seminar series is now about half-way through,

and the first several audio recordings of the proceedings are now available as part of the Digital Classicist Podcast.
You can find a list of all seminars in this series, along with links for those that have audio and/or presentations uploaded, at:

Or you can subscribe to the podcast feed itself by pointing your RSS aggregator, iTunes subscription, aut sim., at:

We should welcome ideas for further events to add to this podcast series, and/or partnerships to podcast the results of seminar

series of interest to Digital Classicists in the future.

Simon and Gabriel"

Friday, 11 July 2008

2000 miles to Athens on a bicycle

Jean-Pierre Adamson, one of our shelvers in 2008, is cycling from Britain to Greece where he will study at the British School at Athens. He is writing a blog of his adventures which you can follow at the link below.

We wish him best of luck, especially over the Alps and hope that there is a cold beer waiting for him in Athens!

Friday, 4 July 2008

New journal on Pompeii

The Joint Library now takes Quaderni di Studi Pompeiani. The first issue, 1 (2007), is now on the 'current' periodical shelves. It is published by the Associazione Internazionale Amici di Pompei.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Entry turnstile

On Monday the card reader on the entry turnstile (and the computer board underneath) was replaced. So far, it's working well.
You should find it much easier to come in now!

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Digital Classicist Seminars

Tomorrow sees the third in the Digital Classicist/Institute of Classical Studies Work in Progress Seminars. The seminar,(20th June) will be held in Stewart House, room B3 at 16:30 and will be given by Dot Porter (University of Kentucky), The Son of Suda On Line: a next generation collaborative editing tool (abstract).

All are welcome to attend, and after attending myself last week's fascinating talk on digital scanning, I am sure readers will find them very interesting.

The full list of seminars follows (from the Digital Classicist website):

"Summer 2008

Fridays at 16:30 in Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

(June 20th, July 4th-18th seminars in Stewart House, room B3)

(June 27th seminar room 218, Chadwick Bdg, UCL, Gower Street)

6 June
NG16 Elaine Matthews and Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford) The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and classical web services (abstract) (pdf)
13 June
NG16 Brent Seales (University of Kentucky) EDUCE: Non-invasive scanning for classical materials (abstract)
20 June
STB3 Dot Porter (University of Kentucky) The Son of Suda On Line: a next generation collaborative editing tool (abstract)
27 June
UCL Chadwick 218 Bruce Fraser (Cambridge) The value and price of information: reflections on e-publishing in the humanities (abstract)
4 July
STB3 Andrew Bevan (UCL) Computational Approaches to Human and Animal Movement in the Archaeological Record
11 July
STB3 Frances Foster (KCL) A digital presentation of the text of Servius
18 July
STB3 Ryan Bauman (University of Kentucky) Towards the Digital Squeeze: 3-D imaging of inscriptions and curse tablets
25 July
NG16 Charlotte Tupman (KCL) Markup of the epigraphy and archaeology of Roman Libya
1 Aug
NG16 Juan Garcés (British Library) Digitizing the oldest complete Greek Bible: The Codex Sinaiticus Project
8 Aug
NG16 Charlotte Roueché (KCL) From Stone to Byte
15 Aug
NG16 Ioannis Doukas (KCL) Towards a digital publication for the Homeric Catalogue of Ships
22 Aug
NG16 Peter Heslin (Durham) Diogenes: past development and future plans

We are inviting both students and established researchers involved in the application of the digital humanities to the study of the ancient world to come and introduce their work. The focus of this seminar series is the interdisciplinary and collaborative work that results at the interface of expertise in Classics or Archaeology and Computer Science.

The seminars will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact or, or visit the seminar website at"

Monday, 16 June 2008

Summer term opening hours

The last 'late evening' before the Library closes for two weeks in August will be the 26th June. Our opening hours will therefore be 9.30 - 6pm Monday to Friday and 10-4.30pm on Saturdays.

The last Saturday of the Summer term will be the 26th July.

The Library will be closed 16th-31st August.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

New Printer

The Library has purchased and installed a brand new printer - a Hewlett Packard Colour Laserjet. It can print up to 20 pages a minute so no more waiting around for essays to print!

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Bank Holiday Monday

Please note that the Library will be closed on Saturday 24th May and Monday 26th May for the Bank Holiday.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Antioch 2 font now available

The Library has now purchased and installed the Antioch 2 font in the computer room. This is a unicode classical Greek, Hebrew and Coptic font for Word. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to be shown how to use it.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

New Hellenic Secretary

The Library staff would like to welcome Miss Richella Doyle, formerly of Darwin College Cambridge, as the new permanent Secretary of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies from 1st May 2008.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Antiquorum Philosophia

The Joint Library now subscribes to Antiquorum Philosophia: an international journal from volume 1 (2007). Further details are available in Italian and English at

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Late evenings have started

The Library is now open until 8pm Tuesday to Thursday for the Summer Term. Mondays and Fridays will shut at 6pm as before .

Thursday, 17 April 2008


The Book-sale has now been refreshed: all books are sold at 2/3 of publishers' price or less

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Goodbye Russell!

With much regret we have had to say farewell to our colleague Russell Shone, the Secretary of the Hellenic Society, and we wish him well for the future. Members of the Hellenic Society will no doubt wish to join us in thanking him for his years of hard work and dedication to the Society.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Easter Closing

The Library will close for Easter at 8pm on Wednesday 19th March and then re-open at 9.30am on Wednesday 26th March.

Late evenings will begin again on Tuesday 22nd April.

Wednesday, 5 March 2008


I am currently improving this blog to make it more accessible and user-friendly. If you are having difficulties reading this blog, or find it incompatible with software or other programs please let me know!

Friday, 1 February 2008

New Photocopier

Regular readers will no doubt be pleased to hear that we have installed a new photocopier in the Library, replacing the old one and hopefully reducing the number of paper jams! The card system is the same as before so there is no need to replace any photocopying cards previously bought.

Photograph of the new photocopier

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

History of the British School at Athens blog

We would like to recommend this interesting and informative blog to our readers : 'History of the British School at Athens', written by David W.J. Gill, . The link below will take you to this blog.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Book sale

The booksale shelves in the Library office have been refreshed.
All books are at 2/3 of the published price or less.

A photograph of the booksale shelves

Friday, 4 January 2008

Evening opening

Evening opening (Tuesday-Thursday until 8pm) for Spring term starts next week from Tuesday 8th January until Wednesday 19th March.

Happy New Year!

The Library staff would like to wish all our readers a happy and healthy New Year.

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our trainee for 1990-91, Emma Stuart, who has been appointed to the MVO (Member of the Victorian Order) for her services as Assistant Bibliographer in the Royal Library.