Friday, 25 September 2009

Fetching service as interim measure

Until the periodical collection in the mobile shelving unit has been removed, the library will offer a fetching service for books with classmarks 102-136; 152-153; ST. 19-20 and ST. 28 and 29 - twice a day at 11.30 am and 3.30 pm. Please place requests on the day or in advance by e-mailing

Friday, 18 September 2009

Restricted re-opening of the Library on 21st September due to on-going repair work

The Move – Updated 17th September 2009.

The Librarian regrets that, due to urgent repair work on the periodicals rolling stacks in the main part of the library, it has become necessary to close off this whole area for safety reasons. Access will therefore not be possible to readers or library staff until further notice for any items in the following sections:-

Archaeology / topography (102-116); Ancient History / Religion & Mythology / Philosophy / Science & Technology (117-127) Ancient art and numismatics (128-136); Ancient society and civilisation (152-153); Periodicals (Stacks 1-20), including current issues.

In addition, it will not be possible to access the Computer Room or the Photocopier Room.

However, access will be possible (with limited seating) to the following areas:-

Christian Fathers, (75-76); Language & Literature (80-99); Dictionaries and some reference works (60-70; 140-149); Papyrology and Epigraphy (100-101); Modern Greece, (151); General congresses (200); Collected works and Festschriften, (201-202); Classical Tradition and miscellaneous Classical Studies (203-206).

Once again, the Librarian is very sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause; it is hoped that a full service will be operational by Monday 28th September, but please keep watching this space for further announcements.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Update on the move

The book copier has been successfully re-located in the 3rd floor library. We have finished the arrangement of the main book areas and the shelving is at a more accessible height. There are new carpet tiles throughout the library. We have now had some more shelving erected and this will be filled early next week. The tables for readers are ready to be re-assembled. The display of new books will be at a central point in the library.

More news on the move

We are making steady progress on re-arranging the collection and have completed the sections on papyrology and epigraphy, archaeology and history / administration / philosophy and science and technology. Two members of staff are currently working on Literature and work has begun on the ancient life section. We have created a new numismatics area which includes the specialist journals for that subject. The book copier is expected to be re-located by a specialist firm on 10th September.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Move: Further progress

The five library staff are all working on the new arrangement of books and journals in the refurbished 3rd floor Library. The new library counter / reception area will be directly opposite the lifts in the South Block. The entrance to the library will be to the left side of the counter, down the corridor which used to house two seminar rooms. These rooms, and the corridor, will contain the large literature section. Following on from this we are creating an area for papyrology and epigraphy, and related journals. The library continues around to the left and the large room is now the area for archaeology, art and architecture volumes. We hope to have shelves erected in the staff work areas, when we will be able to unpack.

This is an example of a selection of books, prior to our sorting and tidying.

Desks in the literature section

This is a section of the archaeology collection