Printed collections in UCL Library are described below. There is also information about:
The principal collection for Philosophy is located in the south corridor of the Main Library (Wilkins Building.) in the Main Library. See separate pages for maps and opening
The Library has its own classification scheme for
arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark for an open-access book will consist of the
name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting
its classified position on the shelves in that section; e.g.
PHILOSOPHY GB 180 ART for a book about Hegel.
PHILOSOPHY J 170 AUD for an introduction to Epistemology.
Some of the other main sections which contain relevant material are:
ART (Main Library: south end) : books and periodicals concerning
CLASSICS (Main Library: north end) : books and periodicals
discussing Classical philosophy and literature.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE (Science Library: DMS Watson Building, third floor) :
contains material on the philosophy of science.
LAW (Main Library, Donaldson reading room) : contains material relevant to
courses on social and political philosophy.
LINGUISTICS (Main Library, south end, and Chandler House): books and periodicals useful for the study of the philosophy of language and semantics. The original collections of Linguistics and Phonetics books and journals are in the Main Library. However, in 2008 the Phonetics & Linguistics department moved to Chandler House, so from 2008 onwards, new Phonetics & Linguistics material is to be found there in the Language & Speech Science library. Some of the existing Phonetics & Linguistic books and journals have also moved to Chandler House; some remain in the Main Library, south end collection, but no new stock will be added to this collection.
PSYCHOLOGY (Science Library: DMS Watson Building, first floor) : books and
periodicals relevant to the philosophy of mind and perception, and to the philosophy of
Recent print issues of PHILOSOPHY PERIODICALS are shelved in the Main Library immediately adjacent to the Philosophy book collection.
Periodicals are usually available for loan, although
this may be restricted to overnight access. Back issues are held in Stores and may be requested using a Stores Request Form. However, many Philosophy journal articles from both recent and back issues are available electronically and this can be the most convenient way to access them. For electronic journals, see below.
Periodicals in other subjects are shelved close to the respective book collections.
A general collection of arts and humanities titles is available in the HUMANITIES PERIODICALS section on the upper level of the Main Library. (This collection was known as ARTS PERIODICALS up to September 2007.)
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The two primary types of electronic resources available are:
- tools for carrying out literature searches, such as bibliographic databases (indexes and abstracts) which help you to find book titles
and articles in periodicals
- full text resources, such as electronic journals, electronic books or database collections of full text materials
Material held in electronic form is available to
registered members of UCL: you will usually need your user ID/password for computing services in
order to gain access to them. Most of our electronic resources (exception: some e-journals) are available within our electronic gateway, Metalib. To use e-resources from home, enter Metalib from UCL Library Services home page, and login. A leaflet on Metalib's facilities is available in print and electronically.
Indexes and Abstracts
Among the bibliographic indexes which the Library offers are:
There are many other databases that may be useful to you. Click here for a complete list of the databases available at UCL.
As well as general encyclopaedias and text books, the Library offers:
A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list on the
Library's web pages at:
where you will find details of access arrangements for each title.
Of particular importance in Philosophy is the range of titles available in JSTOR - an electronic archive of selected journals from their start date but excluding recent issues, e.g.
Philosophical Review 1892-2003. You can search subject subsets, e.g. Classical Studies, Language & Literature, Philosophy.
Copies of College examination papers for undergraduate courses (from 1997 onwards) are available
on the web at
Other internet resources : For links to other web-based material for
Philosophy, see Intute Arts & Humanities section.
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The University of London Library (at the Senate House in
Malet Street) has a strong collection in Philosophy, and is especially strong in periodicals
holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there. There are also extensive electronic resources, some available remotely and some on-site only.
For more information about the use of other libraries, see the full information at
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If you have any problems using the Library, please come to the Enquiry Desk, or contact the Subject Librarian for Philosophy:
Telephone: internal: 32964; external: 020 7679 2964
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