Frequently Asked Questions
Please see How to Subscribe for details on digital Loeb Classical Library access plans. Students, faculty members, and employees of institutions that currently subscribe to the digital Loeb Classical Library can access the site by following their institution’s login protocol.
Log In is required to access the digital library as a subscriber. The Log In fields, located on the left-hand side of the homepage, may not be visible to users accessing the site via their institutions. Sign In—accessible only to individual subscribers and authorized patrons of subscribing institutions—is required to access the library as a unique user and to utilize custom features such as My Loebs.
While individual subscribers and others who Log In to the site via username and password will also need to Sign In to their unique user accounts, nothing prevents subscribers from assigning the same username and password to both portals.
Yes, your unique Sign In account is saved even if you change institutions. You will have to Log In through a new institutional or individual subscription and then Sign In using your old username in order to access all saved annotations and searches, and to update your account information.
If you are not a subscriber, you will be prompted to Log In after one page view.
No, the digital Loeb Classical Library is a website that is available to subscribers. An internet connection is required for access.
Enter the title of a work, name of an author, a word, or a phrase in the Search box in the upper-right corner of the screen. Use Advanced Search to search introductions, bibliographies, indexes, or other ancillary material. Use recto and verso in Advanced Search to limit searches to left-hand, Greek/Latin (verso), or right-hand, English (recto) pages. Author Browse, Greek Works Browse, and Latin Works Browse may also be used to find titles and authors of works. To find a specific volume by Loeb volume number or title, use Volume Browse. Use the filters on the left-hand side of the results page to narrow choices by work (Greek or Latin), author, form (poetry or prose), period, or genre/subject.*
Search results indicate how many instances of your search term appear on the page, including in the notes.
You can use the Greek keyboard on the right-hand side of the Search box, or you can use your own Greek keyboard. Diacritics are not required, but if you use the provided Greek keyboard, you should enter iota subscripts as iota adscripts.
Start by navigating to the volume’s landing page. The Table of Contents will allow you to access each portion of the volume in sequence. Once inside a particular work, continuing to scroll will move you throughout that work, even if it spans multiple volumes.
No, but each volume’s Table of Contents allows the user to move between major divisions within a volume, and to other volumes within a series. For instance, a user seeking to follow up a citation to Josephus, The Jewish War 5.468 should use the Table of Contents to navigate to the beginning of Book 5, at which point s/he may use the “Go to page” box to browse rapidly ahead, just as with a printed volume. Of course, if you have a Greek, Latin, or English term from the citation, you may use the “Search within work” box located in the toolbar at the bottom of the page to find the relevant passage. For more information, please see Browsing the Library.
If you are searching for a particular term in an introduction, bibliography, or index, use the Advanced Search option. If you wish to read the introduction, bibliography, or index of a particular Loeb volume, navigate to the Table of Contents by clicking the LCL number located above each right-hand (recto, English) page.
Click on footnote reference numbers or letters that appear in the text. Footnote text appears in a separate window. Footnotes that do not have a footnote reference number or letter (usually textual notes) appear as static text on the page.
Yes, if you are a subscriber or an authorized patron of a subscribing institution. The printer icon on the toolbar formats the text and translation that you see on the screen appropriately.*
This feature—accessible to individual subscribers and authorized patrons of subscribing institutions—allows users to manage saved searches, bookmarks, and annotations, and to create and manage groups with which to share material. It also enables users to manage their personal accounts.*
Use the cursor to select the text you wish to annotate. The selected text will be highlighted in blue, and an annotation icon will appear. Click on the annotation icon, and a box will appear in which an annotation can be entered. Annotated text will be highlighted in yellow. If you do not wish to see the highlighting, click the hide annotations icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the page.*
To save searches and bookmarks, click on the bookmark icon, which is in the upper-right part of results pages or in the toolbar at the bottom of content pages. You will be offered the option to save annotations when you annotate. Use the Collections feature to name and categorize bookmarks or groups of bookmarks. Searches, bookmarks, and annotations are saved in My Loebs.*
You can do this by clicking on the email or share icons in the upper-right of results pages and in the toolbar at the bottom of contents pages. From My Loebs, you can share searches, bookmarks, and annotations with other registered users.*
A MARC record set for the digital Loeb Classical Library is freely available under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.** Click to download the record set from Harvard University Press [.mrc, 924 KB, file date 12-6-19].
You may also download a human-readable ten-record sample set in MarcEdit Mnemonic format. Click to download [.txt, 127 KB, file date 11-6-18].
Yes; click to download the KBART-compliant file from Harvard University Press [.txt, 126 KB, file date 12-6-19].
The MARC record set and KBART-compliant title list are updated semiannually, when new content is added to the digital Loeb Classical Library.
A file containing MARC record(s) for only the most recent addition(s) to the library is also available. Click to download [.mrc, 10 KB, file date 12-6-19].
Administrative contacts at subscribing institutions can access monthly COUNTER 5 Database Report 1 and Platform Report 1 reports by logging into their account management portal at ams.hup.harvard.edu.
The contents of the print books are mirrored in the digital Library. Some formatting has necessarily changed for the digital environment, such as footnotes, but the page numbers and the substantive content are identical.
A complete bibliographical reference is provided at the bottom of each Table of Contents, which can be accessed by clicking the LCL number located above each right-hand (recto, English) page. Because the page numbers and substantive content of the print and digital editions are identical, any volume in digital Library can be cited just like a printed book, or alternatively by its DOI (Digital Object Identifier), located in small print beneath the left-hand (verso, ancient language) page.
The digital Library is normally updated twice a year, spring and fall, when new Loeb print books are published.
The Loeb Classical Library declares an old volume out of print when a new or revised translation replaces it. The digital Library will similarly replace old volumes with newer ones when they are published in print. Any annotations made to an older volume will be saved in perpetuity even if the volume itself is no longer accessible.
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The Loeb Classical Library continues to publish books in print, which are available at bookstores and through online retailers. You can also order Loeb books directly from Harvard University Press and via the “View cloth edition” link located above each right-hand (recto, English) page.
* The features described may be available only to individual subscribers and to authorized patrons of subscribing institutions.
**To the extent possible under law, Harvard University Press has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to the Digital Loeb Classical Library MARC Record Set. This work is published from: United States.