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Senate House Library

Knowledge and the mind

Senate House Library’s Knowledge and the Mind collections cross the deep divide between philosophy and empirical psychology, offering a uniquely inter-disciplinary means of approaching the study of ideas across time and in diverse transnational and geographical contexts.

Researchers will be intrigued by distinctive and often eccentric collections in and between areas such as the History of Psychology, the History of Science and Medicine, Feminist Philosophy, the History of Political and Economic Thought, Sexuality and Gender, to name but a few of the many areas of specialism represented.

There is much in our special and modern library collections to stimulate those interested in new viewpoints beyond canonical Eurocentrism through exploring intellectual histories of Latin America and Commonwealth and adopting a more ‘global’ frame of reference to the study of ideas.

Researchers who are exploring thought from a social history lens will be inspired by notable archives and ephemera in left wing culture and radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. The study of thought through material culture is strongly supported by our remarkable Manuscript and Book studies collection, as is the study of the Human Body and the History of Emotions by holdings across the library.

Locating and accessing material

Besides the materials located in our open access collections throughout the 4th to 7th floors, there are rich holdings to be investigated within our archives and special collections.

Start exploring the collections through our catalogue which includes details of all our printed and electronic collections. A selection of e-resources and databases related to this research strength guide are listed on our A-Z Databases list on our LibGuides platform.

Special collections and archive material must be ordered in advance and consulted in the special collections reading room. Some of these collections are available as part of our e-Resources. They can be found on our list of Digitised UoL special collections and archives on our LibGuides platform.

Suggest a book

We are always happy to review suggestions for new items to add to the collections.