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.”

E-books on demand@UCL

By Jes Cooban, on 26 November 2014


UCL Library Services is now running three pilot projects involving users in the acquisition of e-book content.

For a trial period, UCL students and staff can read and download 1000s of extra e-books across a wide range of subjects. UCL Library Services will buy those used most often and add them to our existing collection of over 300,000 e-books.

Like existing UCL e-books, these additional e-books can be found using Explore – search All Resources then filter by Online resource and Books. Alternatively you can go directly to one of the three websites where the additional e-books are hosted:

Go to our Ebooks on demand@UCL webpage to find out more.


Library Late Opening on this Friday

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 24 November 2014

The Institute of Archaeology Library will be opening late, at 10.00 a.m. this Friday 28th November owing to our regular monthly staff meeting.

Sorry for any inconveniences.

The book bin will be left open for the return of items.

Datacentre Shutdown

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 24 November 2014

Due to a planned ISD datacentre shutdown for maintenance, the majority of library system functions will unavailable between 1700 on Friday 28 Nov and approx. 0800 on Monday 1 Dec.  This places severe limitations on accessing our online resources this coming weekend.

Details below:

We can only issue and return books at the issue desk. We cannot renew books for you or check your library record.

  • The Library catalogue – Explore – will not display up-to-date availability details of books – you won’t be able to tell whether items are on loan or not. We will provide instructions within Explore on obtaining a snapshot of holdings and locations information.
  • Users will not be able to sign into Explore to access their account, place requests, book rooms or renew their items online.
  • Access to Exam Papers and other collections in Digital Collections (e.g. Bentham manuscripts) will not be available.
  • Reading lists will not display availability of library items.

Please note: access to eresources (ebooks, ejournals and databases) is unaffected.

Messages will be placed on the UCL Library Services homepages of these disruptions to services.

Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.

New accessions

By Jes Cooban, on 19 November 2014

The accessions list for October 2014 is now available

The Cambridge companion to the Roman Republic / edited by Harriet I. Flower.


Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online

By Jes Cooban, on 12 November 2014


UCL has trial access to Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online until 10th December 2014.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to the knowledge of Ancient Greek. It is a research tool for scholars and students of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian.

Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online

By Jes Cooban, on 29 October 2014

62924UCL has trial access to Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online until 22nd November 2014.

Vetus Testamentum Supplements Online covers the whole range of Old Testament study, including Septuaginta studies, Ugaritic research relevant to the study of the Old Testament, Hebrew studies, studies in ancient Israelite history and society, and studies in the history of the discipline. There are both monographs and collective volumes, the latter including the Proceedings of the Triennial International Congresses of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament.

This collection contains 159 titles published up to and including all titles published in 2013.

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian.