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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. 

The following services are currently available from the Philosophy Library (last updated on 8 April 2022):

  • Browsing and borrowing and study space: there's no need to book in advance.   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 materiais 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.

For details of services on offer from the University Library and other Faculty and Department Libraries visit


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Saturdays: Closed

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