Hoose Philosophy Library History

The Hoose Library of Philosophy was established in 1929. The collection has more than 50,000 volumes in all branches of academic philosophy. It is particularly rich in materials dealing with the history of modern philosophy, analytical philosophy and metaphysics. The library collects all major English language publications pertaining to academic philosophy. Most of the library's older circulating volumes are stored in the Grand Depository. If you are interested in one of these volumes, click on the highlighted call number on the bibliographic record in HOMER and follow the instructions. Within 24 hours, the desired volume will be available at the circulation desk at the Doheny Library.

The Hoose Library of Philosophy has two collections of rare books that are housed in Special Collections on the second floor of the Doheny Library. The first collection, called the Flewelling Collection, consists of medieval manuscripts, renaissance incunabula and early editions of seminal works in philosophy of the 16th and 17th centuries. The second collection, called the Gomperz Collection, consists of first editions of seminal philosophical works from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Gomperz Collection is particularly rich in German philosophy from the Enlightenment through the epochs of romanticism and idealism. The journal collection of the Hoose Library is extensive. Many of these journals are also available in electronic format.