Thursday, 13 December 2007

Book requests

Please note that all requests for books to be posted must be received by 12.00 on Wednesday 19th December, otherwise they will not be sent before the Library re-opens in January.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Christmas closure

The last day that the Library will be open before closing for the Christmas break is Friday 21st December.

We will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Evening opening hours

Please note that the last late evening of 2007 for the Library will be Thursday 13th December; after which the opening hours will revert to 09.30 to 18.00 pm Monday - Friday.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Jacoby Online now live

Following the successful trial of Jacoby Online, the Library Committee decided to purchase Brill's New Jacoby and Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker. They are now available to use in the computer room - please book time from the Library desk.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

New periodical - Groma

The Joint Library now receives Groma, from v. 1 (2007), as part of the exchange with the archaeology department of the Università degli Studi di Bologna. It is a publication of the Centro Studi per l'Archeologia dell'Adriatico and is concerned with the archaeology of Piceno, Dalmatia and Epirus.

For more information on the organisation Groma and its journal see

Charles Elliott Slides

The Library has recently acquired the slide collection of the late Charles Richard Babington Elliott, who was Head of the Classics Department at Nottingham High School and spent his holidays visiting sites in Greece and Italy. There are over 17,000 slides in the collection, some of the most recent depicting the treasures of Thessaloniki Museum.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Journal of Roman Studies/Britannia now available

Picture of the Roman Society logo

The 2007 Journal of Roman Studies and Britannia have now been published. Members of the Roman Society who did not request their journal to be posted to them can collect their journal from the Library.

Monday, 22 October 2007

New periodical - AΛΣ

The Joint Library now subscribes to the periodical 'AΛΣ' the publication of the Society for the Promotion of Studies on Prehistoric Thera. See their website at At the moment we have issues 1-3 (2003-05). Articles are mainly in Greek with the odd article or summaries available in English - it varies with each issue.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Jacoby Online

The Library is currently trialling online access to Jacoby Online consisting of both 'Brill's New Jacoby' and 'Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker Parts I-III'.

According to the publishers, the New Jacoby contains:

  • the online edition of the original three parts of Felix Jacoby’s monumental FGrHist giving instant and fully searchable access to the equivalent of more than 8,000 pages of print.
  • new authors not in the original FGrHist;
  • new readings of many of Jacoby’s Greek texts;
  • new commentaries in English by contemporary scholars;
  • for the first time commentary on the texts that Jacoby did not complete before his death;
  • en face English translations of the Greek fragments and testimonia;
  • an encyclopedia-style biography of the ancient author;
  • and a regularly updated bibliography.

We have a CD-ROM edition of Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker from 2006. However, this new edition is updated frequently. BNJ will publish online 60 authors every 6 months, and every 2 years there will be a revision of those published to date. So readers may find this an important resource. Jacoby Online will be available from any of the computers in the computer-room - please book at the front desk - and any feedback is appreciated.

Full information is available from the home page of the BNJ:

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Journal of Hellenic Studies now available

Picture of the Hellenic Society logo
The Journal of Hellenic Studies for 2007 has now been published. Members of the Hellenic Society who did not request their journal to be posted to them can collect their journal from the Library.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Requests for "cupboard"/rare books

Owing to the ongoing refurbishment of the South Block, access has been further restricted to the Library's rare book store and we regret it is no longer possible to fulfil ad hoc requests for these books.

Library staff will only be able to fetch books twice a day on weekdays. Please, therefore, ensure that you have placed your request for a "cupboard"/rare book by 9.45 in the morning or 1.45 in the afternoon. These are the items marked on the catalogue as Location: "ICLASS Cupboard".

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Welcome new students!

A picture of some grapes

The Library staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all new members of the Library and wish them well as they begin their reasearch/courses. Please feel free to ask any member of staff if you need help using and finding your way around the Library!

In addition, there is a 'Welcome Party' for all postgraduate Classicists of the University of London on Friday 12th October at 17.00 in Room NG 16, North Block, Senate House.

Friday, 28 September 2007

Secretary of the Roman Society

Today is Dr Helen Cockle's last day as Roman Secretary. We wish her well in her new part-time post as Reviews Editor for the Classical Association, a few doors down from her old office.

We also welcome Dr Fiona Haarer as the new Roman Secretary.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

New electronic resource on Pompeii

A photograph of Pompeii by Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881)
A fantastic new resource for those researching Pompeii is now available at the Library.

'The World of Pompeii' edited by John J. Dobbins & Peter W. Foss contains essays on Pompeii, all by renowned Classicists and also contains a CD-ROM of very detailed maps of the sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum. These maps have been added to our computers - please ask one of our staff for advice on how to use this very useful program.

Publisher's website on the book:

Friday, 21 September 2007


The Library staff would like to congratulate former SCONUL trainee Claire Davenport on receiving funding for library school and her new job with the Classical Association.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Evening opening hours

The Library will have extended opening hours until 8pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2nd October until the 13th December 2007.

New Blog

A picture of the Battle of Issus mosaic
Welcome to the new blog of the Joint Library of the Hellenic & Roman Societies / Institute of Classical Studies Library, hence the name JO (Joint) LI (Library) HE (Hellenic) RO (Roman) ICS (Institute of Classical Studies) - JOLIHEROICS
Here we will have up-to-the-minute news and updates on the Library. Watch this space!

Blog created by Mark Sutcliffe on the 20th September 2007