Catalogs & Databases

UC Library Catalogs & Electronic Resources 

LawCat : Lawcat is the UC Berkeley Law Library catalog and searches items held in the Robbins Collection and elsewhere in the Law Library (but not in other UC Berkeley or University of California libraries). Please note that the Law Library and the Robbins Collection are located in two separate areas of Boalt Hall. Using LawCat, you can run an “Advanced Search” and narrow your search by “Location,” to find “Robbins Reading Room,” “Robbins cage,” and “Robbins Rare” holdings. If you would like to find information about Robbins Collection manuscripts using LawCat, you can run a keyword search by typing “MS” followed by the number of the individual manuscript you are interested in. 

OskiCat : OskiCat is the catalog for most libraries on the UC Berkeley campus and is the best resource for searching items in Berkeley’s Main Library (Doe/Moffitt). Robbins Collection and Law Library holdings are not retrievable in OskiCat.

Melvyl : Melvyl is the catalog for the University of California system and includes items held in the Robbins Collection and the Law Library. Melvyl also searches the holdings of the California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, California State Library, Center for Research Libraries, Graduate Theological Union, Hastings College of the Law, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

Guide to Library Catalogs :The UC Berkeley Libraries’ Guide to Library Catalogs provides further information about the different catalogs available for searching University of California holdings.

UC Berkeley subscribes to electronic resources on a wide range of academic subjects. Among the available resources are the online databases published by BREPOLiS, which include Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH), Ut per litteras apostolicas, In principio, International Medieval Bibliography, Library of Latin Texts, and Database of Latin Dictionaries. (Please note that many of these resources are commercial products licensed for use at UC Berkeley and require a proxy server to access off campus.) The UC Berkeley Art History/Classics Library also maintains a list of resources for medieval studies.


Though not all of the Robbins Collection manuscript holdings are currently searchable in LawCat, we maintain a Manuscript Catalog with full descriptions of approximately half of our manuscript collection (Robbins MSS 1 – 120). Descriptions of other Robbins Collection manuscript holdings are available in the reading room. Please ask the reference librarian if you have any questions about manuscript holdings.

The Glasgow Collection

The Robbins Collection acquired the entire library of the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow, Scotland. Although these items have been individually cataloged and are retrievable in LawCat and Melvyl, Robbins maintains a separate Glasgow Collection catalog that lists the holdings of the original library together in one place to serve as a record of a working library used by Scottish lawyers.

Digital scriptorium

Robbins Collection documents and manuscripts that have been digitized for the Digital Scriptorium.