The Swedenborg Society Library is open during office hours Monday-Friday 9.30a.m – 5.00 p.m by appointment only. All appointments must strictly be made in advance.
The Swedenborg Society Library
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH
Telephone: 0207 405 7986
The online catalogue is an ongoing work-in-progress. Since February 2013 over 6000 items have been listed, including the Periodicals Collection and large portions of both the Collateral Collection and the Archives.
You are most welcome to browse online, however please be reminded that access to the material is by appointment only and at the Society's discretion. Click here for further information.
The Swedenborg Society Library is located at the Society’s headquarters in Bloomsbury. The library was established in 1824 and has since become an important resource for people researching all things Swedenborg (and beyond). Over the years the library has also formed an important record of Swedenborgian publishing and scholarship—both in the United Kingdom and all around the world. The Library is divided into four main sections: the Swedenborg Collection; the Archives; Collateral titles; and Periodicals.
We are currently in the process of putting our library catalogue online. This is a lengthy and ongoing process, however the first section of the online library catalogue was launched in February 2012 with an exhibition of objects from the archive. In the mean-time, hardcopy catalogues and card index systems can be used on the premises at Swedenborg House, where staff members will be happy to assist with any enquiries.
The information on this page is offered as an introduction to these holdings. For further information please contact the Librarian.
The Swedenborg Society Library is a research library open to both members of the Swedenborg Society and non-members alike. Visitors are asked to make appointments in advance with at least one week's notice given. We require that all visitors please specify their areas of interest and, where possible, catalogue numbers or titles of items that they wish to view. Visitors are reminded to bring with them a form of photographic ID (passport, drivers license, NUS card) and proof of address (utilities bill, bank statement).
We are also happy to deal with enquiries by telephone or email for those who are unable to visit the library. Contact details are listed below. We aim to respond to queries as soon as practicable. Please note that the library is only staffed part-time so sometimes this can take a few days.
Photocopies can be made by a member of staff at a cost of 15p per page.
Users of the library are reminded that publication or reproduction of any content from the Society's library and archive in any form can only be done with the Society's written permission.
Swedenborg House is wifi enabled and visitors are welcome to bring their own laptops.
Use of the library is free of charge, however donations to preserve and add to our stock are always appreciated.
Who uses the library? The library is used primarily by people with an interest in Swedenborg and his influence, be they: translators, researchers and editors of Swedenborg; academics and students; or curious and avid readers. Some will be looking at Swedenborg and aspects of his work as their specialist area, others will be researching broader discourses and will have encountered Swedenborg in the course of their reading. Over the years, Swedenborgians have tended to record and publish their goings on. As such, for people with ties to the New Church past or present, the library is also a useful resource for genealogists and historians.
The Swedenborg Society Library is open during office hours Monday-Friday between 9.30am – 5.00pm by appointment only. Appointments must strictly be made in advance (see ‘Who Can Use the Library?’ above).
Our address is:
London WC1A 2TH
Telephone: 0207 405 7986
Alex Murray, Librarian /Archivist