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A subject guide for the Institute of Archaeology: Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage

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A subject guide for the Institute of Archaeology

This guide has been created by your Subject Librarian (see right) to provide students of the Institute of Archaeology with information about the Library and its collections for archaeology, museum studies and cultural heritage. The guide includes details of the relevant online and print resources, with lists of the key titles included throughout. 

The guide also provides support to use the Library's resources effectively, including how-to videos, online chat and details of further training available through Library@Skills.

This guide will help you to understand what the Library provides, which resources to use and how to use them.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Subject Collections

The principal holdings for archaeology, museum studies and cultural heritage are to be found in the Library of the Institute of Archaeology; consisting of three collections:

  • Egyptology
  • Institute of Archaeology (including Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage)
  • Yates (Classical Archaeology)

in addition to the print materials you can access on the open shelves there are off-site stores for rare and valuable special collections and the lesser used, older material. Materials from stores can be ordered online through the library catalogue and delivered direct to the Institute of Archaeology Library. 



You can access a wide variety of e-books to support your core module reading.  Find your module reading list to see what key readings you can access electronically or search on UCL Explore to find more e-books. 


Key databases for Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage

The Library also provides online access to a huge range of materials. Here are some of the key databases in this subject: 

Where to study

You can choose to study in any of UCL's Libraries and study spaces, including bookable study and group work spaces. There are also areas for postgraduate use only.