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Philosophy: Using the Philosophy Library in 2020/21


Welcome - or welcome back - to the Philosophy Library!

Hello and welcome/welcome back to the virtual Philosophy Library!  It's been lonely without you! 

As you might expect, things are looking and feeling a bit different this year.  We've been working extra hard over the summer to increase the availability of online reading list materials and other Philosophy content and setting up services to allow you to safely access material that isn't otherwise available electronically or where you may have a specific need for a print copy.  Click on the boxes below to find out more about these services and to book an appointment.

We're continually monitoring and reviewing how things go and will gradually increase our services when it's safe to do so and in line with University and Government advice. This means we may have to change some services at short notice so we encourage you to get into the habit of checking our website at for further updates before planning your trip to the Library. 

Amidst all the change and uncertainty it's good to know one thing hasn't changed - we're still here to help and support you, albeit mostly remotely. Helping our users is the best bit of our jobs so please don't hesitate to get in touch if there's absolutely anything we might be able to help with - we're always happy to hear from you!. 

Stay safe, stay well and stay in touch! 

Getting Started


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Welcome to the virtual Philosophy Library!

See CamGuides for essential information on living and studying in Cambridge including finding books and journals from a reading list

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Cambridge Libraries introduction

Arts and Humanities Libraries video

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Using the Philosophy Library in 2020/21 including:

How we're keeping you safe

If you're self-isolating

Book returns

Click on the images below to find out more about the services we're currently offering

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Browse & Borrow appointments at the Philosophy Library

Monday-Friday 10am-1pm

Advanced booking is required


  • wear a face covering in the library space unless you have a medical exemption
  • sanitise your hands at regular intervals 
  • note down the classmarks before you arrive or bring a device with you to search iDiscover
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Click & Collect appointments at the Philosophy Library

Monday-Friday 3pm-4pm

Booking is required at least 24 hours in advance


  • wear a face covering in the library space unless you have a medical exemption
  • bring your own bag for collecting and quarantining your requested items
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Appointments to view electronic legal deposit material in the Philosophy Library

Monday-Friday 10am-1pm

Advance booking required


  • wear a face covering in the library space unless you have a medical exemption
  • sanitise the keyboard, mouse and screen before and after use using the cleaning materials provided


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Schedule an online one-to-one appointment with your Philosophy Librarian tailored to your specific needs


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Information on Scan & Deliver and other Zero Contact Services available across Cambridge University Libraries

What are...?




Reading Lists Online


Useful links

Stay safe Cambridge Uni

Libraries directory

Study Skills LibGuides, including advice for reading on screens

Other LibGuides - Library Guides answering your questions