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 UC Berkeley School of Law. 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. 

UC Library Search: UC Library Search is the unified discovery and borrowing system for most of the libraries in the University of California. It is the best resource for searching items in Berkeley’s Main Library (Doe/Moffitt), East Asian Library, and Bancroft Library. Records for Robbins and Law materials are retrievable through UC Library Search only when using an advanced search and selecting WorldCat.

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.


Interactive Manuscript Portal: The Robbins Collection recently collaborated with Berkeley School of Information graduate student, Jordan Shedlock, to create an original website that allows users to explore manuscript data from our Collection. The portal gives visitors access to detailed manuscript information including chronology, watermarks, authors, languages, subjects, and more, without having to physically access the Robbins Collection Reading Room. The portal encourages students and scholars to explore manuscript data through a vast network of links that show historical connections through lists, graphs, and interactive charts. Please note, not all Robbins Collection manuscripts have been inputed into this new website. 

Editorial Policies, Abbreviations, and Symbols: For complete information on the Robbins Collection’s manuscript catalogue, including editorial policies, a history of the catalogue, abbreviations, and symbols, please visit the above link. 

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, 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.