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Library and Research Resources


The library system of the University of Chicago, one of the largest university collections in North America, contains well over 5,000,000 volumes. Classics students may on occasion want to consult holdings in the Oriental Institute, the D'Angelo Law Library, or the John Crerar Library of technology and science, but most books and periodicals dealing with the ancient world are concentrated in the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Research Resources

Classics Specialist at the Regenstein Library: Catherine Mardikes

See the Library's Research Guide to Classics for a comprehensive list of resources, and don't miss the Logeion online Greek and Latin dictionary!

The Classics collection began as a key component of the Library’s founding acquisition, the Berlin Collection of 1891, and subsequent development has been continuous. Ongoing routine acquisitions as well as substantial block purchases and donated collections have built one of the country’s most significant research resources in the field. In addition to current monographs, the Library receives more than 1500 serials of interest for the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Major editions of classical texts printed from the Renaissance through the 18th century are found in the Special Collections Research Center, which also houses collections of Greek and Latin manuscripts and a large reference library devoted to paleography, manuscript catalogs, and facsimiles.

Books not in the University system can generally be obtained quickly through interlibrary loan from the collections at the Center for Research Libraries and the University of Illinois at Urbana. The database of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae is accessible over the campus network; the Latin texts prepared by the Packard Humanities Institute, the CETEDOC database of ancient and medieval Christian Latin texts, and several other electronic databases useful to the study of the Classics are mounted on workstations in the Classics Reading Room of the Regenstein Library. The Classics Reading Room contains a full collection of Greek and Latin texts and commentaries, as well as the epigraphical, art historical and archaeological collections, other basic resources, and comfortable places to work and study with other classicists.