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Faculty of Philosophy



Who can borrow?

All current members of the University (and official Faculty Visitors) may borrow books from the Casimir Lewy Library. In order to register, readers should email in the first instance.

Borrower No of loans Loan period
Undergraduates 10 7 days
Graduates/staff 20 28 days

In certain cases, users may be entitled to extended loans, please ask us about this. Books on loan remain the responsibility of the library account holder. 

How can I renew my books?

Your items will renew automatically unless your account has been blocked for borrowing or your library account has expired.  Please contact us if your items have not automatically renewed or you are unable to return them by the due date and we will do our very best to help.

How can I request a book which is on loan?


If the book you want is on loan to someone else, you can recall it. 

If someone recalls a book that you have on loan it cannot be renewed. A recall notice will be emailed to you and the book must then be returned by the new due date or you may be blocked from borrowing any further items.

Placing a recall

  • From iDiscover, click on 'My Library Account' in the top navigation bar and select the ‘log in with Raven’ option.
  • Find the book you want by searching iDiscover, requesting is done from the detailed results page in iDiscover.
  • To get to the results page: look at the full record by clicking on the title, Click on the location that you want, then click on 'Check request options' next to its details.
  • Select 'Place a recall'.

We will email you when requested items are ready to collect.  If they are not collected after two days, they will be returned to the shelves for others to use.

Please note:  Books become overdue at the library closing time on the date they are due. 

Book returns

Library books can be returned in the Library or by using the drop box next to Lady Mitchell Hall when we are closed.  Further information about returning Cambridge University Library books can be found at  

Courtesy and overdue notices

Notices are sent via email as a courtesy to remind you of the due dates and to inform you when a book has become overdue. The Library does not accept responsibility for the failure or delay of email reminders.

Fines and blocks

We no longer charge fines for most overdue loans.  However, if there are two or more books on your account that have been requested by other users and which you have not returned on time, it will be automatically blocked for borrowing any further items.

If you think you may have lost a book from the Philosophy Faculty Library, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss options for replacing the book.

My Library Account

Log in with the barcode from the back of your University card, and to renew books, just click on their titles!

Click to renew

Pay fines online

You can pay your library fine online using your debit or credit card from our secure site. Please allow 24 hours for the fine to be cleared from your account.

**Please enter the amount carefully when prompted**

Pay a fine online

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