Past exam papers

By Jes Cooban, on 11 March 2015



It is nearly that time again….past exam papers – including 2014 papers – are available both electronically and in paper format.

The New UCL Senate House Hub

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 10 March 2015

senate-house-2The new UCL Senate House Hub is now open to students, providing an extra 144 study spaces for UCL staff and students. The space is located on the 3rd floor of the South Block of Senate House, about 5 minutes walk from the IOA.

The Hub provides areas for individual study with task lighting and desktop power, and dedicated group work rooms and sofa booths for project work. Print@UCL devices and wifi are also available.

For further details, please follow the link:


Routledge Handbooks Online

By Jes Cooban, on 25 February 2015


UCL has trial access to Routledge Handbooks Online until 31st March 2015. For off-site access, please use Web WTS or Desktop@UCLAnywhere.

The trial includes access to over 300 handbooks organized into 18 subject collections – including Archaeology and  Classical Studies & Ancient History.  Every chapter acts as a standalone piece of scholarship, complete with its own abstract and metadata, providing a useful research tool.

Please note if using Internet Explorer you will need to scroll down the page or if you cut and paste the link into Firefox you will have a better result.

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian.

Reduced online library services, 20th – 23rd February

By Jes Cooban, on 18 February 2015

Donaldson_Reading_Room,_UCLDuring planned UCL datacentre maintenance between 17:00 Friday 20th and 08:00 Monday 23rd February some online library services will be affected.

The Digital Collections service, including Exam Papers, will be unavailable. The information about the current availability of items in our libraries will not be up to date.  You will not be able to sign into Explore to access your library account, place requests, book rooms or renew items. You may still borrow and return books at our libraries, and access to electronic resources (electronic books, journals and databases) is not affected.

Services are scheduled to return to normal from 08:00 on Monday 23rd February, but should be considered ‘at risk’ throughout that morning.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

New accessions January 2015

By Jes Cooban, on 4 February 2015

9781107072077 The new accessions list for January 2015 is now available

Main Library Reference Service

By Jes Cooban, on 14 January 2015

Following its refurbishment, members of the Main Library Reference Team will be available again question-mark-red in the Reference Room 1100-1700 to sit with readers and discuss their immediate information needs. A telephone and a list of numbers has been provided for readers to contact the Reference and Subject Librarians as required otherwise.

Enquiries can also be sent to library@ucl.ac.uk and are answered throughout the day

The Virgil Encyclopedia

By Jes Cooban, on 10 December 2014


UCL has trial access to the The Virgil Encyclopedia until 16th February 2015.

The Virgil Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive reference volume to be published in English on Publius Vergilius Maro, the classical Roman poet whose works and thoughts have been at the center of Western literary, cultural, artistic, and pedagogical traditions for more than two millennia. Through more than 2,200 carefully researched entries, scholars and students alike are provided with an in-depth treatment of all aspects of Virgil’s poetry and his immeasurable influence that continues to the present day.

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian.

IOA Library Christmas Closure

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 4 December 2014

The Institute of Archaeology Library will close  on Friday 19th December at 9.00 pm  for planned electrical works. The Library is due to reopen at 12.00 noon on Monday 5th January 2015. We regret any inconvenience to our readers but we are afraid that this is vital building work that cannot be delayed.

Institute books cannot be returned through the book bin on the fifth floor during the closure period for health and safety reasons. Returns will be accepted by other libraries within UCL Library Services.

Library book loan periods:


  • Standard loans will be issued as usual  subject to recall
  • 1 week loans issued from Monday 15th December will be due for return on Tuesday 6th January
  • 2 day loans issued on Friday 19th December will be due for return by 10.00am on Wednesday 7th January
  • Overnight loans issued from 10.00am on Friday 19th December will be due for return by 10.00 am on Tuesday 6th January
  • Issue desk & teaching collection items issued from 10.00am on Friday 19th December will be due for return by 10.00am on Tuesday 6th January

New ‘UCL Senate House Hub’ to open

By Jes Cooban, on 3 December 2014

senatehouseTo meet the need for alternative quiet study and revision space during the examination period, a new UCL Hub will open at Senate House in Bloomsbury in March. The new Hub will provide approximately 142 study spaces for UCL students, and will be furnished with high quality study desks and a range of PC workstations.  A number of group working spaces with AV equipment will be available in the Hub, as will multi-functional devices for printing and scanning.

The Library Service Assistant team will be on hand in the new space, providing support to students and administering the Hub’s new facilities.

A familiar landmark to students studying on the Bloomsbury campus, Senate House is within close walking distance of UCL’s Main Library. The new Hub will open its doors up on the 3rd floor of the North block.

Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online

By Jes Cooban, on 3 December 2014

Neo-LatinNow available online – “Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and broad cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this 800,000 word two-volume work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.”