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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies



The Hellenic and Roman Library

Joint Library of the Roman & Hellenic Societies (Claire Davenport)

The Library is maintained jointly with the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and in association with the Institute of Classical Studies (University of London).

It contains over 150,000 volumes, almost 700 periodicals and 6,700 slides and has an international reputation as one of the world’s foremost Classics lending libraries.

Members resident in or visiting the UK may borrow the Societies' books and slides in person or by post. Books belonging to the ICS may be consulted, but not borrowed.

Members of the Society will be issued with a Library Card on their first visit.

Library Home Page

Library Catalogue

Library Regulations

New Governance Arrangements

The Hellenic and Roman Societies are delighted to announce that the new twenty-five year agreeement between the University of London and the Hellenic and Roman Library (HARL) with regard to the management and finance of the Library was signed on 28 April 2016. The University will now be responsible for providing space; the Societies will be responsible for costs associated with the librarians; other costs will be shared.

The Hellenic and Roman Societies have created, in a process that goes back over a century, one of a handful of great Classics libraries in the world.  Its riches are immediately available on open access; about 20% of its accessions are in no other UK library; and it is one of the few libraries in the UK that every year welcomes a trainee beginning a career as a Classics Librarian.

Support the Library

We have recently launched a fund-raising campaign to secure and enhance the future of the Library. More information can be found on the Hellenic and Roman Library website.


Ways to Donate

By cheque made payable to 'The Hellenic and Roman Library'.

By direct debit - a brochure is available to download: Friends of Minerva

By credit card - please go to the Library website

By leaving a legacy - Apollo Society

Gift Aid

If you are a UK Tax Payer, please Gift Aid your donation.



Adopt A Book

Simply browse the catalogue and choose your favourite book. Your donation will be recorded with a bookplate placed inside the book. Adopt one book for £30, two for £50 or five for £100.

Download a form here.

Contact Information


Third Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


020 7862 8709



Ms Joanna Ashe (joanna.ashe(at)sas.ac.uk)

Deputy Librarian

Mr Paul Jackson (paul.jackson(at)london.ac.uk)

Senior Library Assistant

Ms Sue Willetts (sue.willetts(at)london.ac.uk)

Email Sue with requests for book renewals

Library Assistants

Mr Christopher Ashill (christopher.ashill(at)london.ac.uk)

Ms Flor Herrero (flor.herrerovaldes@london.ac.uk)

Winnington-Ingram Trainee

Ms Molly Richards (molly.richards(at)london.ac.uk)

Opening Hours

Monday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Tuesday : 9.30am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 8.00pm
Friday: 9.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 4.30pm

In the vacation: the library closes at 6pm.