The Institute Library, run in conjunction with the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, is housed on the third floor of Senate House, South Block. This world-class library is central to the Institute’s mission of research promotion and facilitation, for which we receive funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). With a dedicated staff of four permanent members plus our annual Sconul trainee, the Library comes under the overall umbrella of the University of London Senate House Libraries (SHL).

Classics Library main reading roomThe Classics library currently contains 125,000 books and over 21,000 bound volumes of periodicals, virtually all on open shelves. About 2,000 monograph volumes are added annually; 645 periodical titles are currently taken, the majority by exchange. The whole forms an invaluable interdisciplinary tool serving all aspects of research in the ancient world. Further information about the Library's holdings and resources, as well as an on-line Catalogue, are available on the dedicated Library website.

Admission is open all members of the Institute, the Hellenic Society and Roman Society; however, borrowing rights are limited to members of the two Societies.

Classics library

Opening hours:

Term time:
Monday and Friday 9.30am - 6pm
Tues - Wednesday - Thursday: 9.30am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Out of term:
Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday*: 10.00am - 4.30pm

* The library is not open on Saturdays in August..

Library enquiries and issue desk: +44 (0)207 862 8709

The Library will close at 5pm on 7 February in order to prepare for a special event organised by the Hellenic and Roman Societies. All welcome. Full details here

Christmas Closure 2016:

The Library will close on Friday 23rd December (time to be confirmed) and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 9.30 am.


Institute of Classical Studies Library
Joint library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies
Senate House
Malet Street

+44(0) 207 862 8709