The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the Roman Society?

You can join online here or download a membership form, which can be returned by post, email or to the library desk. Print copies of the membership form are available at the library. Please see the membership page for subscription types and rates:

How long does membership last?/When are subscriptions due?

The subscription year runs from 1st January to 31st December, and the journals are published in November each year. Membership subscriptions are due on 1st January annually. Renewal forms are sent with the journals, and renewal reminders are sent in the Spring and Autumn. You can check if your subscription is due by logging in and going to Pay My Subscription.

What happens if I join the Society at the beginning of the academic year? 

Members who join after 1st September may either join for the current year and receive the print journals published that November, or join for the following year, in which case they can use the Library, borrow books and enjoy the other benefits from the date of joining, but will not receive their print journal/s until the November of the following year. For example a member joining the Society in September 2023 can either:

  • join for 2023 and receive the 2023 publication/s (in November) with access to the library until January 2024 or
  • join in advance for 2024 with access to the library from September 2023 to January 2025 and receive the 2024 publication/s.

How do I log in to the Roman Society website?/What is my membership number?

Before logging in to our website for the first time, you will need to register and choose a username and password:

New members: We will contact you soon after you join to let you know your membership number. (Please allow a couple of days for your membership application to be processed, and check your email spam folder in case our message is there.)

Existing members: An email was sent to all current members with membership numbers and instructions when the new website launched in July 2019. If you cannot find the email and would like to know your membership number, please contact Louise:

How do I access the JRS/Britannia online?

Roman Society members can access our journals online via the links on the members-only page of our website: To access this page you will need to log in (see above).

For more instructions on accessing the journals via the Roman Society website please see here.

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Who is entitled to Student membership? Student membership is available to students registered at all universities and other institutions of higher education in any country.

Who can become a Life Member? Life membership is available to those who are 65 or over and who have been members of the Society for at least five years. Please contact us if you would like to become a Life Member.

How do I access the library/How do I get a library card?

You will be issued a library card on your first visit. Please let the staff know that you are a member of the Roman Society and it is your first visit. If you are not able to visit in person, please contact the library so that a card can be posted to you: / 020 7862 8709. Library website:  

I am not able to visit London. How can I use the library?

As a Roman Society member you can request scans from books or journal articles from the library. You can also use your library card to access JSTOR and the Digital Loeb Classical Library (see here). Postal loans are available to members resident in the UK. To request scans/postal loans please contact the library: / 020 7862 8709.

Please see the library FAQs for more information about scanning and postal loans.

How do I access JSTOR/the Digital Loeb Classical Library?

Please see the instructions on this page:

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