Library and Research Resources

The library system of the University of Chicago, one of the largest university collections in North America, contains over 12 million volumes in print and electronic form. Classics students will find most books and periodicals dealing with the ancient world in the Joseph Regenstein Library, but may on occasion want to consult holdings in the Oriental Institute’s Research Archives, in the D'Angelo Law Library, or in the John Crerar Library for science and technology.

Classics Specialist at Regenstein Library: Catherine Mardikes

The Library’s Research Guide to Classics provides a comprehensive list of resources. Online Greek and Latin dictionaries are available at Logeion. Students may find the Library's other research guides in related subjects to be useful as well.

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 papyri and Greek and Latin manuscripts.

The Classics Reading Room contains a full collection of Greek and Latin texts and commentaries, as well as the epigraphic, art historical and archaeological collections, other basic resources, and comfortable places to work and study with other classicists.

The following list of resources are available online:

  • The Library Catalog can be searched for all materials held by the University of Chicago Library.
  • The Research Guide to Classics at the University of Chicago Library provides further resources and advice for research.
  • The Classics Serials Guide can be searched for the locations of and information about print and online serials at the University of Chicago Library.
  • E-Journals provides access to individual journal titles available online through the University of Chicago Library.
  • The Research Guide to Papyrology provides resources and advice for the study of papyri.
  • The Electronic Full-Text Sources Guide provides links to primary sources that are available online in:
  • Greek
  • Latin

Prospective and incoming international students may wish to read the Division of the Humanities' advice for international students.