Ancient world studies/Archaeology


Book Sale Donation

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 7 February 2014

The annual IoA Booksale  will be held on Tuesday 18th February from 10.30am – 4pm in the staff common room on the 6th floor.

This is a call for donations – and if you could like to donate any of the following (but not journals) then please do email to Charlotte Frearson or drop them to her office on the ground floor between Tuesday and Friday during  office hours.

  • Academic
  • Non-academic
  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Other (not not journals please…as these don’t sell very well)

Drama Online

By Jes Cooban, on 5 February 2014

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UCL has a trial to Drama Online until 28th April 2014.

For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS

Drama Online introduces new writers alongside iconic names of playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The collection is growing constantly and includes:

  • Access to the finest drama texts
  • Detailed encyclopaedic information
  • Overviews of major concepts, topics and issues
  • Surveys of theatre institutions, countries, genres and movements
  • Biographical entries on key performers, playwrights, directors, designers, choreographers and composers
  • Synopses of significant plays
  • Critical works on major playwrights
  • Original works from theatre practitioners
  • Core craft skills: acting, design, directing, lighting etc.

Users have automatic access to the full-text plays. Personal accounts can also be created to make use of the personalisation tools on the site.

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian

New accessions

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 4 February 2014

The accessions list for January 2014 is now available.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

By Jes Cooban, on 29 January 2014

obo_square_logoUCL has a trial to Oxford Bibliographies Online until 28th February 2014.

For off-site access to this trial, please use web WTS.

Oxford Bibliographies Online provides access to exclusive, authoritative research guides developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects

Please send feedback on this resource to your subject librarian

New accessions

By Jes Cooban, on 22 January 2014

The accessions list for December 2013 is now available.pollution

IOA Library – Christmas Opening Hours

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 13 December 2013

From Monday 16th of December until Monday 13th of January the Institute of Archaeology Library will be working on vacation opening hours.

Monday 16th December 2013 – Monday 13th January 2014

  • The Institute Library will close for the Christmas Holiday at 7.00 p.m. on Friday 20th of December and re-open on Thursday 2nd of January at 9.30 a.m.
  • Opening times during the vacation period will be:

Monday to Friday: 9.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

Saturday:  closed 14th, 21st, 28th December, 4th and 8th of January

Sunday:      closed

For details of other library opening times, please see our website at:

  • All users are reminded that standard and week loan books remain subject to recall throughout the vacation period.

Week loans must be renewed continuously throughout the vacation period. If you cannot renew books yourself, please make arrangements with friends or family to renew books for you. They will need your library card number to do this and written authorisation if they come in in person.

UCL Advent Calendar

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 2 December 2013

For those who are celebrating Christmas, and for any others interested in rare books and archives, we’ve created a digital advent calendar. To find out more, click on

Festive greetings

Library Late Opening on this Friday

By Volkan L Akgunlu, on 25 November 2013

The Institute of Archaeology Library will be opening late, at 10.00 a.m. this Friday (29th November) owing to our usual monthly staff meeting. Sorry for any inconveniences.

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

Christmas opening

By Jes Cooban, on 20 November 2013


The Christmas opening arrangements for 2013 can be found here – UCL Library Services is pleased to announce that it is able to open the Main and Science Libraries, plus the JBR, Graduate Hub, Medical Students’ Hub and the Research Grid over the period 21st to 29th December, when UCL is officially closed.

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

By Jes Cooban, on 20 November 2013


We have a new subscription to the EBSCO database, History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The subscription has been ordered for 1 simultaneous user starting from January 2014. However we have a trial until the end of the year for unlimited users – meaning we can assess it’s popularity and change the subscription type if necessary.