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About the Collection

The Library's collections support the research needs and curriculum of the UC Berkeley Philosophy Department and the philosophical interests of many interdisciplinary programs on campus.  Multimedia and electronic materials are as actively acquired as print books and journals.  Most print materials in philosophy are in the Gardner (Main) Stacks in Doe Library with additional core English language texts in the Moffitt Undergraduate Library.  Materials related to mathematical logic are located in the Mathematics-Statistics Library; those related to psychology are located in the Education-Psychology Library.  The East Asian Library houses all materials in East Asian languages. 



To find books, journals and other media owned by the UC Berkeley Library search Berkeley's OskiCat or the UC-wide MELVYL catalog.

Purchase Recommendation

If you'd like to recommend an item to be added to the collection, please use the Purchase Recommendation Form.


Electronic Resource Finder

The Electronic Resource Finder is a directory of the Library's databases and other online resources.  It is organized by subject (e.g. philosophy), type of material (e.g. dissertations), or title (e.g. Past Masters).  It is a useful tool to help you choose the right resources for your particular research needs.


Howison Philosophy Library 305 Moses Hall, 642-2722.  The UC Philosophy Department maintains its own collection of 10,000 monographs and 60 journals.  This collection is mainly non-circulating, with 2-hr loan available to UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.

Connecting From Off Campus

UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff can access Library resources from off campus using one of two simple methods:

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

Article Databases

These databases index journal articles, chapters of books, (and sometimes) books, and book reviews relevant to philosophy.  You can research a topic by searching for authors or subject terms relevant to your research. A few of these databases include the full text of the articles, but most of them use UC-eLinks to take you to the full-text of the article you are interested in. For articles not available online, UC-eLinks will search the Melvyl catalog for a print copy of the journal.

Article Databases for Philosophy


The Library collects both print and online philosophy journals with preference given to the online format when both are available.  You can find philosophy journals in a variety of ways.

Note: Using Philosopher's Index or another article database is a more efficient way to discover articles on a particular topic than browsing through individual journals issues.

Books & Texts

The Library's rich collection of print books covers all aspects of philosophy studied at UC Berkeley.  A growing number of titles are available as digital books. 


E-Book Collections for Philosophy:

Subject Encyclopedias

In addition to those in the print reference collection in the Doe Reference Center, the Library has many online philosophy dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Language Dictionaries

The Library has many online English and foreign language dictionaries.  Search the Electronic Resource Finder by Type: Dictionaries, Thesauri and Quotations or the relevant subject guides for more complete lists.  Below is a selective list.


Archival print copies of UC Berkeley dissertations written before 2010 are shelved at NRLF and are available for use in the Library. Dissertations written since 2010 are available in digital format only.  Search for Berkeley dissertations in OskiCat by author, title or department. The full-text of Berkeley dissertations written since 1996 is available in the databases listed below.

Book Reviews

Use these resources to find reviews of philosophy books.

Related Subject Guides

Related Course Guides

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