Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Computer Booking

 Just to let our readers know that we are currently planning on getting rid of at least one of the computers in the computer room. It is therefore essential that you book on every time you use one so that we have a full outline of usage when deciding how many to remove. Even if it’s just for ten minutes- there’s a phone in the room so you can call and book in. If the phone's broken (as it often is) you can always tell us you which computer you were using when you leave if you really can't face the walk to the desk...

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Update: Foundation Day Closure

We have just discovered that Senate House will not be open to members of the public at all on Wednesday 27th of November so unfortunately the library will not be open. Readers are still welcome to email us or telephone on either 020 7862 8709 or 020 7862 8711 up until 1pm. Sorry for any problems caused.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Winnington-Ingram Trainee Position

Applications are now being accepted for our Graduate Trainee position here in the library. The successful candidate works alongside the library staff for a year to gain an insight into all aspects of librarianship; not to mention first look at all the new Classics books. You are also given the opportunity to attend training sessions and visit other libraries throughout the year to discover the aspects of the industry which interest you the most. Additionally you will inherit full charge of a certain (highly successful!) blog...

n.b. there is a salary- it's not one of those internships.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Foundation Day Closure

Just to remind our readers that on Wednesday 27th November the library will be closing at 12.45 for the annual Foundation Day celebration in Senate House.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Open Access Conferences

Two great conferences have been placed online (free!) in their entirety:

UCL's Greek Literary Epigram: From the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era

and The Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies' The Afterlife of Ovid

It's a fantastic feature of the Open Access movement that scholars across the world can now experience conferences they are unable to attend in person. It also allows students and other interested parties to remain at the forefront of research without having to spend large amounts of money on events which may well not be as relevant as hoped. Many thanks to the above contributors and feel free to link to more in the comments!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Lost Property

This month in the library we've decided to face the task of emptying our lost property hoard.  
If any readers think they may have left anything (locks of hair, two-edged inscribed axes etc.) in the library at any point in the last decade then please email us a description of it iclass.enquiries@london.ac.uk and we can keep it to one side. Otherwise we’ll be emptying the trunk and hauling it to the charity shop sometime soon.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Book Amnesty!

To celebrate the end of the Library year we have decided to have a book amnesty. Overdue books can be returned either by post or in person (n.b. the library closes for two weeks on August 16th) and all fines will be removed- no matter how overdue.
Over the time our list of missing and not returned books has become unbearably long and it would be wonderful if we could reduce it even a little so please urge anyone you know who might have items (that includes rogue reviewers!) to return them.
We promise no one will be chased if they hand over the books and scurry away!

Amnesty Poster

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Telephone not working

Unfortunately our telephones (and possibly fax machine) are currently out of service so if you need anything or simply have a general query please send us an email at  iclass.enquiries@london.ac.uk

Prizes for the most inventive alternative!

*Update: They seem to be working but please be patient as we try to adjust to the change!*

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Payment Changes

Owing to the costs of processing debit/credit cards payments the library is now unable to accept these payments for amounts of less than £10.00.

We suggest that regular users of our postal loan and photocopying service make a payment of £10.00 regardless of the initial amount thereby putting themselves in credit with us. Many users already use the system for convenience anyway- if this seems undesirable you are able to wait until you have built up a debt of £10.00 and we can bill you for several transactions at once.

Of course cheques and cash payment are still welcome although cash is posted at the reader’s risk.

As some readers will be aware all money paid to the library is now payable to 'The Roman Society- Joint Library'.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and do let us know if you have further questions.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Lectores salvete libenter dona ferentes

This week the library is incredibly grateful to Dennis Blandford for his generous gift of an early edition of Virgil’s extant works:

The book was printed in Basel in 1613 and has been rebound probably in the early 19th century. Mr. Blandford purchased it in Bristol during the Blitz and it has miraculously remained in excellent condition.

Although the text does feature some annotation we would like to remind readers that it remains unacceptable in the library

This is the library’s earliest edition of Virgil so far, and we cannot extend our thanks enough!

For more information see the library catalogue.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Postage Price Increase

Unfortunately Royal Mail have increased their prices again and also changed the format of parcels; they now come in two sizes: small and medium. Anything more than one book is likely to be medium. The new system and prices can be seen here on the second page entitled 'Franking Prices'. If you wish to be more economical then simply let us know that you'd prefer second class when you request your books.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Classical Crosswords

Greece and Rome continue to encourage productive procrastination by offering up their selection of Classics crosswords all available free until December 2013.
Disclaimer: this is not an excuse to neglect your research!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Easter Closing

We are closing for Easter at 6pm on 28th March and re-opening at 9.30 on April 3rd

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Book Covers

Mary Beard on books and their covers. Some pretty good ones in the library and do remember to look at our displays in the archaeology room to see the best dust jackets off the new books.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Mapping the Catalogue of Ships

It’s happened; someone has mapped the Catalogue of Ships from Book Two of The Iliad. Some might suggest that tiny moveable boats would help....