Graduate Reading Room

Reading room

The graduate reading room holds a collection of monographs, reference materials, serials, and other items. It includes essential reference works such as epigraphic collections, standard text series such as the Loeb Classical Library, and many seminal writers. The Reading Room also provides desks and study space for our graduate students.


Work is currently underway to create a complete online catalogue using LibraryThing. This easy-to-use platform will provide access to valuable resources in the collection.

All items on the reading room shelves are labelled and organized by Library of Congress (LC) call numbers. The catalogue lists the number in the LC Classification field. The tags also repeat the LC number to make the numbers more visible.

Access policies

This non-circulating collection is open only to graduate students and faculty; please do not take materials out of the reading room. There is a photocopier available if you would like to make copies.

Please mark the space with the provided loan cards when taking books off the shelves. Return books to the correct location on the shelves or the returns area for proper re-shelving.

Additional online resources

  • Dyabola: the German Archaeological Institute’s online bibliographical database, with a search interface in English; must be on campus or using VPN to enter via “IP Access.”
  • Arachne: the German Archaeological Institute’s online database of objects/sites/images from the classical world, with attributes and information.
  • Beazley Archive: searchable database of images and object descriptions, great for iconographic research, especially of painted Attic pottery
  • Ubi Erat Lupa: a database of stone monuments from the Roman Empire with images; coverage is best for Germany and central Europe but includes some museum collections in Italy and elsewhere.
  • Artstor: a repository of art images from around the world, with attributes; the classical collection is spottier but includes lots of “masterpieces” and site photograph archives from important sites like the Athenian Agora and Dura-Europos.
  • Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology: Website with essays, extensive bibliography and images relating to Aegean Prehistory maintained by Prof. Jeremy Rutter (Dartmouth).

Note: you can also see the Perseus Project link in the classical studies section for access to dictionaries, lexica, grammar, texts, etc., in Greek and Latin.

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