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.


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. 

Non-Interactive Manuscript Catalog List: Though not all of the Robbins Collection manuscript holdings are currently searchable in LawCat, we maintain a Manuscript Catalog from the previous Robbins Collection website with full descriptions of approximately half of our manuscript collection (Robbins MSS 1 – 120). This website does not include interactive features and is intended as a list of manuscript information for research and scholarly purposes. 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.

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 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.