Classics Library Policies

The world-renowned UC Classics Library aims to be a welcoming place for students and scholars of classical antiquity. Because of its unique special collections, there are some rules that must be respected in order to gain access and to use the Library:

  • All users must sign in and leave their photo IDs at the Circulation desk. Handbags and laptop bags must be shown to the Circulation staff. All other bags must be placed in lockers inside the Circulation area. 
  • If you need to access the Library's stack floors, please ask the Circulation staff to unlock the door after leaving IDs with them and bags in lockers. Bags and IDs are securely locked away until you leave the Library.
  • All books have safety tags that must be desensitized. If the alarmed gate sounds, you must return to the Circulation desk and show any bags, including handbags, and coat pockets to the Circulation staff.
  • For everyone's safety and to protect the collections there are cameras throughout the Library. 
  • Food and drink, including water, are not allowed inside the Library. Water bottles can be placed on the small table by the door as you enter and picked up as you leave. There are seats in the Lobby where you may eat and drink as well as a water fountain.
  • If you are visiting the Library, please note that the Circulation Area, the main Reading Room, and the Palaeography Room are wheelchair accessible. However, the mezzanine and the book stacks on the lower floors are not. For those areas, material retrieval services are available. Please consult Circulation staff for assistance or call 513-556-1315. Most UC libraries are wheelchair accessible, though not all. Please contact each library directly to inquire about accessibility and available services. See a complete list of libraries.
  • Sensory-friendly spaces. For those desiring a quiet space without computer work stations and talking, the Classics Library's three floor Book Stacks are ideal. On the other hand, the lighting in the Stacks is not optimal as there is no natural light. The Library's main Reading Room does offer plenty of natural light thanks to huge windows although the ceiling light is not optimal. You could turn off the ceiling lights and instead use a table lamp. There are no computer stations in the Reading Room and there is no talking or cell phones allowed;  however, voices from the adjacent Circulation area can sometimes be heard. The Circulation area does allow talking and there are round tables for group study/discussion there. For optimal privacy, peace and quiet as well as natural light, the Library's Group Study/Seminar Room (room 412) is optimal. If available, you may reserve the space for group study/discussion/teaching/learning.      

Thank you for your cooperation.