Library Services



Book collections

Philosophy reading room

The PHILOSOPHY Collection is located in the south corridor of the Main Library. 

The Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves, a typical shelfmark will consist of the name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its position on the shelves, e.g.

PHILOSOPHY GB 180 ART for a book about Hegel.

PHILOSOPHY J 170 AUD for an introduction to Epistemology.

Here is a detailed version of the classification scheme for Philosophy

A shelfmark beginning with the word STORE refers to a work housed away from the UCL Main Library. You will need to request these items via Explore. Most Store items are borrowable and can usually be collected from the Science Library Assistance Desk from 3pm the following day, for more information about the Stores service see the link below.

Journal collections

The library subscribes to Philosophy periodicals in print and electronic format. Print periodicals are shelved next to the book collection. Some older titles and those which are available electronically are kept in Stores. You can use Explore to find out the location of printed journals or to access the electronic version of the journal where available.

Other Collections

Some of the other main sections which contain relevant material are:

  • ART (Main Library, south end) books and periodicals concerning aesthetics.
  • CLASSICS (Main Library, north end) books and periodicals discussing Classical philosophy and literature.
  • HISTORY OF SCIENCE (Science Library) contains material on the philosophy of science.
  • LAW (Main Library, Donaldson reading room) contains material on political and legal philosophy.
  • PSYCHOLOGY (Science Library) books and periodicals relevant to the philosophy of mind and perception, and to the philosophy of psychology.
  • Language & Speech Science library (LASS) Language, Linguistics and Phonetics materials, located at Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street London WC1N 1PF.

Online resources

Explore enables you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and obtain instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to.

You should use specialist databases to conduct comprehensive research.

Here is a list of online databases for Philosophy grouped together.

If you are off-campus you will be asked for your user ID and password.

For more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources library pages.

General Resources

  • Senate House Library (University of London, Malet Street) has a large research collection in Philososphy, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.
  • The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access. You will need to bring identification showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass.

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues. 

Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students. However, if you prefer, please do get in touch with me directly using the contact details on the right.