Skip to main content

Hertford College Library: Philosophy

Information about using Hertford College Library for college members, prospective students and visitors.

How the Library can help

Simpkin the cat, ready to helpHertford Library is currently offering remote services while the library is inaccessible.

Want to ask for help finding a specific resources or searching more generally?  

One-to-one support is available:

  • by email to library@hertford.ox.ac.uk 
  • through voice and video calls on Microsoft Teams/Zoom/Facebook
  • old fashioned phone (leave a message with your name and number on 01865 279409 and we'll get back to you)
Need a book and can't find it online?

We're buying access to new ebooks on request and, in some cases, can buy print books and have them delivered directly to you. We may also be able to arrange a scan of a specific chapter and postal loans of books from the Library. You can request these services using our online request form.

Have a reading list to share?

If you have a reading list for the coming term please share it with us. We'd love to know what you need so we can help you get it! Please send any lists to library@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

Online resources on SOLO

SOLO logoEbooks are being bought and added to SOLO daily.

To search exclusively for ebooks that are available to access from home, see our guide on limiting searches to accessible ebooks.

University members also have access to some other ebook sources that are not included in SOLO, details of these are listed below.

SOLO for Philosophy

You can request new ebooks for purchase by filling in the books request form for the Philosophy and Theology Faculty Library or contacting Hertford Library on library@hertford.ox.ac.uk.

Temporary access to a number of online packages has been arranged by the Bodleian Libraries and individual book records are now in SOLO for books from Law Trove (OUP law textbooks), Politics Trove (OUP Politics textbooks), the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers and Bloomsbury Medieval Studies.

Online databases for Philosophy

Philosophy databases in A-ZYou can browse for Oxford online database subscriptions on Databases A-Z. These include primary sources like the Past Masters, reference resources like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and bibliographical databases.

Bibliographical databases allow you to search for resources on a specific subject across different formats such as books, book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings and theses. Examples of bibliographical databases for Philosophy include Philosopher's Index and Oxford Bibliographies

Internet Archive

ThInternet Archive homepage screenshote Internet Archive has freely available online books that are out of copyright.  This means older editions of literary texts are often available there.

The Internet Archive has also made a number of 20th century academic books available to borrow through their Lending Library. To use this service you need to set up a free user account. These books are still in copyright so the authors may request that they are removed from the website.  If you find a useful resources in the Lending Library then use them quickly and take very detailed notes - you might not be able to access them again in a few weeks.

General links