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Robbins Library of Philosophy

Robbins Library is the library of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  As such, the collection and space primarily support the research, teaching and learning needs of the Department's faculty and students, though all Harvard affiliates are welcome to use the collection.

Added Names/Aliases: Department of Philosophy Library
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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Summer Hours
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
Reference:
(617) 495-2194
Fax:
(617) 495-2192
Contact by Email / Web
Reference:
ejohnsondebaufre@fas.harvard.edu
Website
 
Official Website
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Emerson Hall 211 25 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138
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ABOUT

 

Robbins Library is the library of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  As such, the collection and space primarily support the research, teaching and learning needs of the Department's faculty and students. Nonetheless, all Harvard affiliates are welcome to use the collection and space.  

Robbins Library is the library of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  As such, the collection and space primarily support the research, teaching and learning needs of the Department's faculty and students. Nonetheless, all Harvard affiliates are welcome to use the collection and space.  

Robbins Library is the library of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  As such, the collection and space primarily support the research, teaching and learning needs of the Department's faculty and students. Nonetheless, all Harvard affiliates are welcome to use the collection and space.  

Robbins Library is the library of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.  As such, the collection and space primarily support the research, teaching and learning needs of the Department's faculty and students. Nonetheless, all Harvard affiliates are welcome to use the collection and space.  

 

Collections

 

Collections

Robbins' collection focuses on the research and teaching interests of its faculty and graduate students. Given this fact, its holdings are strongest in ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy, contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, law, ethics, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of science.  We also have a small collection of Kierkegaardiana, as well a collection of books that belonged to the American philosopher Josiah Royce. 

Archives

We have small holdings of selected dissertations of graduates of the Department.  We also hold materials from Edward D.T. Bechtel, an alumnus and generous benefactor of the Department as well as from the famous American philosophers Josiah Royce and William James.

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • All Harvard affiliates have access to Robbins, though priority is given to faculty and students of the Department of Philosophy, especially during the beginning and end of term. You are welcome to bring laptops, as Emerson Hall has WiFi access. Seating in Robbins is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no assigned seats.

  • Circulation
  • Robbins a non-circulating research library that focuses its collection on the teaching and research interests of the Department faculty and graduate students. Books and other materials may not leave Robbins for any reason, other than to make copies across the hall from the library -- no exceptions.  Additionally, many of the Department's course reserve materials are located here, in the rear of the library near the Librarian's desk. These may be signed out at the main desk for perusal or copying in Emerson Hall. They may not, for any reason, leave Emerson Hall -- no exceptions.  

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • Robbins Library and Emerson Hall are wheelchair-accessible.  Use the rear door of Emerson Hall (located in the alley between Emerson Hall and Loeb House) to use the wheelchair-accessible entrance.  Take the elevator to the second floor of Emerson Hall to reach the library.  Please call ahead of time to let the librarian and staff know of planned visits, so that seating arrangements can be made.  All efforts will be made to facilitate accessibility.