The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


The Hellenic and Roman Library

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 152,000 volumes, almost 700 periodicals and 6,700 slides and has an international reputation as one of the world’s foremost Classics lending libraries.  About 20% of its accessions are in no other UK library, and the entire collection (apart from the rare books) is available on open shelves. Hear what Mary Beard, Paul Cartledge, Natalie Haynes and Tom Holland say about the exceptional quality of the Library.

Members resident in or visiting the UK may borrow the Societies' books and journals in person or by post. The library also offers a scanning service for members. 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. If you live outside of London or are unable to visit, please contact us to arrange for one to be posted to you.

Support the Library

We have 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 Hellenic and Roman 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 

Deputy Librarian
Mr Paul Jackson 

Senior Library Assistant
Ms Sue Willetts 

Periodicals Library Assistant
Mr Christopher Ashill 

Library Assistants
Dr Rosario Rovira Guardiola
Ms Madeline Brown

A.G. Leventis Scanner Operator
Mr Aaron Fordwoh

Winnington-Ingram Trainee 2022-2023

Ms Willow Smith

Opening hours

Mondays and Fridays: 9.30am – 6pm.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9.30 - 8pm (in term time; 6pm in the vacation)
Saturdays: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Please check for the latest information on vacation closing dates and opening hours on the Library website.

The Roman Society
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Telephone: 020 7862 8727


The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (The Roman Society) is a registered charity in the UK.

Charity Registration Number: 210644
Company Registration Number: 114442