The 'Whipple Library' is the specialist library for HPS in Cambridge, and one of the leading libraries for the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine in the UK. Its primary function is to support the teaching and research carried out by students and staff in the Department, but we are also open to all members of the University and welcome users from all subjects, both to borrow books and use our work space.
The Whipple Library collects print and e-books in all areas covered by the Tripos papers in History and Philosophy of Science (including for the NatSci, PBS and HSPS triposes, plus HEM for BBS). We also purchase material relevant to the MPhil and Part III courses, and to the research carried out by PhD students and academic staff in the Department.
Follow these links for summary information about the teaching and research interests of the Department:
You'll need to know the classmark to find the book you want on the shelf. Many of the HPS readings lists on Moodle include Whipple Library classmarks and online links, but if you don't have the classmark already, you'll need to find it by looking the book up in iDiscover.
The Whipple uses an simple in-house alphabetical classification scheme. A-H is in the Old Library (across the Bridge), while I-Y is in the main Reading Room. Use the posters and shelf labels to locate the particular section you need, or ask a member of staff if you're unsure.
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The Whipple Library was founded on the gift of Robert Stewart Whipple of his rare scientific books to the University in 1944, and is the largest specialist library in the history and philosophy of science and medicine in the UK.
We aim to cover a wide range of topics in the subject, but have particular strengths in the history and philosophy of scientific technologies, especially instruments; history and ethics of medicine; European philosophy of science.