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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 updated Saturday 24 April

The physical library is currently closed to users but we're still available online to assist you in accessing the resources you need for your teaching, learning and research.  Email us at and we will do our very best to help.  For details of services on offer from the University Library and other Faculty and Department Libraries, including bookable study spaces, visit

The following zero contact services are currently available from the Philosophy Library:

  • Philosophy Library Click and Collect Service: if you are resident in Cambridge you can request print books and book appointments to collect from outside the Philosophy Library.  Appointments are available to book between 3pm & 4pm, Monday to Friday at  There you'll also find further details about this service which was previously offered in collaboration with the MMLL Library.  If you are not resident in Cambridge and need access to print books please email the details to and we will do our very best to help.
  • Scan and Deliver and printouts of electronic legal deposit material: if there is one chapter or 10% (whichever is greater) of a print book you need for teaching or learning purposes please the details.  We may be able to make a scan available to Philosophy staff and students via Moodle.  Subject to copyright permissions and limits, 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 recommendations, Phil the Gap!: please continue to send us your book recommendations by emailing us the details or completing the online form at - we will buy ebook copies where we can, subject to cost and availability, to make them as widely accessible as possible.
  • Book returns: your library books should continue to automatically renew this term but recalls will be reactivated during Easter term.  If you are resident in Cambridge and need to return books, please put them in the Sidgbox next to Lady Mitchell Hall and we'll take them off your account as soon as we're able.  For more information about returning books borrowed from Cambridge University Libraries see  If you have any difficulties at all returning your Philosophy Library books, particularly if they have been recalled, please email us and we will do our very best to help.

The above services may be subject to alteration in response to changes to current Government and University guidance and staff availability. We will monitor and review them in line with ongoing advice and will seek to increase services when it is safe to do so. This means we may have to change or discontinue some services at short notice. Please check this page for further updates before planning any trips to the physical library.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.



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