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Charlotte Goodall
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Collection overview, Key resources etc

The study of Classics and Ancient History in Oxford University is supported by two major research libraries - the Bodleian Library and the Sackler Library. Anyone studying or researching classical subjects in Oxford should expect to make use of both libraries.

Libraries & Reading Rooms: Principal collections

The Bodleian Library is home to one of the world's greatest collections of classical scholarship. In the Bodleian Library, the open shelf provision for classics is situated in an area of the Lower Reading Room. The aim of today's open shelf collection is to complement and facilitate research and teaching in classics, specifically in the areas of Greek and Latin literature and language.

The Sackler Library is home to the main research collections in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Numismatics and Papyrology (as well as other non-classical subjects), and there is a good collection of texts and commentaries of ancient authors and monographs on classical literature and languages in the library also. The Sackler is home to the Classics Lending Library (a short-term lending library, aimed at undergraduates).

The majority of books in the Sackler Library are on open shelves. Many of the books and periodicals in the collection may be borrowed, although major reference works and most editions of classical authors are confined to the library.

The Philosophy Library has a collection of books on Ancient Philosophy which may be borrowed.

Sackler Library Sub-Collections

Major Subject Areas    
Find out more about the Sackler's different subject areas and their locations in the library.

Special Collections    
The Sackler Library holds a number of different special collections including the Wind Collection, Haskell Collection, Rare Book Room, Library of Oxford Architectural and Historical Society and Sackler Archives.


Classics Librarian:

Charlotte Goodall

+44(0)1865 288049

Libguide created by  Lucy Taylor and Charlotte Goodall