My research in library history has focused on the nineteenth-century histories of national libraries, libraries in the ancient world, and the intersections between libraries and cultural mythologies.

My academic publications on these subjects include:

  • ‘Did Aristotle invent library classification?’, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2022). URL: [Peer-reviewed article]
  • ‘The collections of John Addenbrooke (1690–1718)’, Libraries of Curiosities (Gdańsk: Polska Akademia Nauk / Biblioteka Gdańska, 2022) [Conference proceedings, forthcoming]
  • ‘“Seeing sights that don’t exist” – Karl Marx in the British Museum Round Reading Room’, Journal of Library and Information History, Vol. 33, No. 2 (May 2017) DOI: 10.1080/17583489.2017.1298892 [Peer-reviewed article]
  • ‘The Library of Alexandria as myth and metaphor’, What Do We Lose When We Lose a Library, pp. 69-75 (Leuven University Press, 2016). ISBN: 9789461651990 [Conference proceedings]
  • ‘“The guttural sorrow of the refugees” – Constance Garnett and Felix Volkhovsky in the British Museum’, Материалы X Международного Семинара Переводчиков (Музей-усадьба Л.Н. Толстого “Ясная Поляна”, 2016). URL: [Conference proceedings]
  • ‘Library of Congress Classification: Teddy Roosevelt’s world in numbers?’, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 4 (May 2012). DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2012.658989 [Peer-reviewed article]

Reviews, and more general writings, include: