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Robbins Library of Philosophy

Robbins Library holds the non-circulating collection 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.

 

Contact Information

 
Reference:
(617) 495-2194
Fax:
(617) 495-2192
Reference:
ejohnsondebaufre@fas.harvard.edu
Address:
Emerson Hall 211 25 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138
 
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Emerson Hall,  Department of Philosophy, Harvard University
 
 

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ABOUT

 

Robbins Library holds the non-circulating collection 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.  

Added Names/Aliases: Department of Philosophy Library

Robbins Library holds the non-circulating collection 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.  

Added Names/Aliases: Department of Philosophy Library

Robbins Library holds the non-circulating collection 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.  

Added Names/Aliases: Department of Philosophy Library

Robbins Library holds the non-circulating collection 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.  

Added Names/Aliases: Department of Philosophy Library

 

Collections

 

Collections

All materials in the Robbins Library collection are non-circulating.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. 

Archives

Robbins Library Special Collections contain a number of volumes from the personal libraries of William James, Josiah Royce, George Santayana, Hugo Münsterberg, James Haughton Woods, many of them annotated by their former owners. In the case of Josiah Royce, we also have a manuscript draft of Royce's last known writing. In addition to holdings by former members of the department, we have annotated material from the libraries of C. S. Peirce and James Elliot Cabot and a small collection of early printed books dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Pierre Bayle (formerly owned by C. S. Pierce), Descartes, Kant, and Shaftesbury. 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.

 
 

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. 

  • Circulation
  • Robbins is a non-circulating research library that focuses its collection on the teaching and research interests of the Department faculty and graduate students. 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.  

 
 

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.