The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of Philosophy related books on the 5th floor.
You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse the books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are. This page will help you with both approaches to finding books.
If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!
Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).
The first line is read in alphabetical order.
Read the second line in numerical order.
The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.
Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.
When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.
You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!
Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching.
Jacques Louis David, The Death of Socrates, 1787, oil on canvas, 51 x 77 1/4" (129.5 x 196.2 cm),
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/436105.
Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently.
Here are some relevant call numbers for Philosophy students and what they represent.
B - Philosophy (General)
B 108-708 - Ancient
B 720-765 - Medieval
B 770-7855 - Renaissance
B 790-5802 - Modern
BC - Logic
BD - Speculative philosophy
BD 95-131 - Metaphysics
BD 143-237 - Epistemology. Theory of knowledge
BD 240-260 - Methodology
BD 300-450 - Ontology
BD 493-701 - Cosmology
BJ - Ethics
BJ 71-1185 - History and general works
BJ 1188-1295 - Religious ethics
BJ 1298-1335 - Evolutionary and genetic ethics
BJ 1365-1385 - Positivist ethics
BJ 1388 - Socialist ethics
BJ 1390-1390.5 - Communist ethics
BJ 1392 - Totalitarian ethics
BJ 1395 - Feminist ethics
BJ 1518-1697 - Individual ethics. Character. Virtue
BJ 1725 - Ethics of social groups, classes, etc. Professional ethics
BJ 1801-2195 - Social Usages. Etiquette
Click here to see a more thorough explanation of the Philosophy call numbers.