The Swedenborg Society Library is open during office hours Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., by appointment only. Appointments to visit must be made in advance.


Find us:

The Swedenborg Society Library
Swedenborg House
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH
United Kingdom

Telephone no.: 0207 405 7986
Email: james@swedenborg.org.uk

Welcome to the Library

ONLINE CATALOGUE

Click here for the Swedenborg Society's online library catalogue.

The online catalogue is a work-in-progress, but as of November 2012, over 4600 items have been listed including the Periodicals Collection, and large portions of both the Collateral Collection and the Archives.

Please browse, but be reminded that material can be viewed by appointment only. See here for more details.

THE LIBRARY

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, but the first section of the online library catalogue will be launched on 23 February 2012, with an exhibition of objects from the archive. In the meantime, hard copy catalogues and card index systems can be used on the premises at Swedenborg House where members of staff are happy to respond to and help with enquiries.

The information on this page is offered as an introduction to these holdings. For more detailed information please contact the Librarian.

WHO CAN USE THE LIBRARY?

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 (giving at least one week's notice), specifying their areas of interest and (where possible) catalogue nos. or titles of items they wish to view. Visitors are reminded to bring with them a form of photographic ID (passport; driver’s license; NUS card) and proof of address (utilities bill, bank statement, etc.).

We are also happy to deal with enquiries by telephone or email for those unable to visit the library. Contact details are listed below. We do aim to reply to queries as quickly as possible, but the library is only staffed part-time, so sometimes this can take a few days. If no reply has been received after 2 weeks, please email again!

Photocopies can be made by a member of staff; the charge is 15 p per page.
Swedenborg House is wifi enabled and visitors are welcome to bring laptops.

Use of the Library is free of charge, but donations to preserve and add to our stock are always appreciated.

And 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. Swedenborgians, over the years, 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.

VISITING THE LIBRARY

The Swedenborg Society Library is open during office hours, Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m, by appointment only. Appointments to visit must be made in advance (see ‘Who Can Use the Library?’ above).

Our address is:
Swedenborg House
Bloomsbury
London WC1A 2TH
United Kingdom

Telephone no.: 0207 405 7986
e-mail: james@swedenborg.org.uk

James Wilson, Librarian

Please note that the librarian will be on holiday from 8-23 January 2014, during this period, to make an appointment to use the library, please contact the assistant librarian, Alex Murray at a.c.murray1234@gmail.com