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Casimir Lewy Library

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 Wednesday 5 November 2020

We expect our blend of online, zero-contact and in-person COVID-secure library services to continue through the national lockdown, with some minor adjustments where operationally essential.  Please see our Philosophy LibGuide for more detailed information about our services and collections.

The Philosophy Library is currently open by appointment only to current members of the University.  We are offering the following services designed primarily to provide access to material that is not otherwise available electronically or where there is a specific need, rather than a preference, for a print copy and to support those with medical conditions which can make using the physical library challenging or stressful:

Update: In response to user feedback and the current low demand for our Browse and Borrow and Click and Collect services, you may also now use these services to access print reading materials where reading the electronic version from a screen is especially difficult, e.g. where more than one chapter/article/short extract needs to be read.  You may also find the advice in the Reading On Screens LibGuide helpful.

Due to space constraints and the need to socially distance we regret that we're not able to offer any study spaces or access to the PCs in the Library at this time.

The Library will remain closed to users outside of the above times but we will continue to be 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.

The above services may be subject to alteration in response to changes to current Public Health England, Government and University guidance and staff availability. We will monitor and review these services and increase them when it is safe to do so and in line with Public Health England, the University and Government advice. This means we may have to change or discontinue some services at short notice. Please check this page for further updates before planning your trip to the Library.

We are currently unable to receive returned books in the Library.  Please return books using the dropbox next to Lady Mitchell Hall or see for further information about returning books by post and other services being offered by Cambridge University Libraries.  

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



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