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Welcome to the Casimir Lewy Library

The Casimir Lewy Library provides support for philosophical study, teaching and research in Cambridge. The book collection comprises more than 17,000 volumes, focusing on Western analytic philosophy. The Library provides a pleasant, quiet study environment, with friendly library staff to help you make the most of the resources available.

The Library is named after Casimir Lewy (1919-1991), University Reader and fellow of Trinity College. He was an inspirational teacher, whose passion for clear thinking and logical rigour still echoes through the Faculty.

See our LibGuide for more information about Philosophy collections available in Cambridge. 


Information about available library services and Coronavirus (COVID-19) - last reviewed  and updated on 18 January 2022

The library is currently open for borrowing and limited study space.  To keep everyone safe, please continue to regularly sanitise your hands, wear a face mask if you are able and maintain social distancing where possible.  

If you have any questions about using the library or need help accessing the books, etc. you need for your learning, teaching and research, please email us and we will be very happy to help.  

Services and maximum occupancy levels in the library foyer and reading room will be monitored and regularly reviewed in line with ongoing University and Government guidance and may therefore be subject to change at short notice.  Please check this page regularly for information and updates about our current opening hours and services.


The following services are currently available from the Philosophy Library:

  • Browsing and borrowing and study space: due to the small size of our library, windows will remain open for ventillation and the number of people we can admit into the foyer and reading room at any one time will be limited.  Our maximum occupancy levels were not exceeded last term so there is usually space for you to browse and study.
  • Click and Collect Service: if you would prefer not to come into the main library space, please use our request form to tell us which books you need.  Requested books can be collected between 3pm & 4pm from the trolley outside the library entrance on the second floor of the Raised Faculty Building.  If you are not currently resident in Cambridge and need access to our print books please email us the details and we will do our very best to help.
  • Scan and deliver and printouts of electronic legal deposit material: subject to copyright permissions and limits, we may be able to make scans of materails available to Philosophy staff and students via Moodle.  The University Library may also be able to make and email scans of print material and print and post extracts from material only available via the electronic legal deposit machines.  See for further details.
  • Book returns: books can be returned in the library.  When the library is closed, please return them using the dropbox next to Lady Mitchell Hall and we will take them off your account the following day.  If you have any difficulties returning your Philosophy Library books please email us and we will do our very best to help.  For more information about returning books borrowed from Cambridge University Libraries see  
  • Book recommendations, Phil the Gap!: please continue to send us your book recommendations by emailing us the details or completing our online form.

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