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The Tanner Philosophy Library's strength lies in its collection in analytic philosophy and its history. In 1965, when the Library first opened, there were a handful of books. By 1973, the collection had grown to 1,200 monographs. Today it has over 6,000 unique titles. The collection is primarily used as a resource for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the department. The Library seeks to maintain a strong collection of anthologies and other state of the art guides to the main branches of the discipline and historical figures.

Annual fund contributions from alumni, alumnae, and other friends make possible the acquisition of approximately one hundred twenty-five new scholarly books and anthologies each year. Bookplates inscribed with the donor's name and year of contribution acknowledge gifts of at least $100. If you would like to support the Library, checks should be made payable to "University of Michigan" and mailed to the Department. Please indicate "Tanner Philosophy Library Fund" on the memo line. Gifts may also be made by credit card, online.