The Kierkegaard Library is located on the second floor of the Rolvaag Library. Its collection serves students, scholars and anyone interested in the writings of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher.
With 20,000 book volumes, periodical and newspaper articles, and archival materials, the collection proves a valuable resource center for research in areas in philosophy and religion but inevitably crosses disciplines in all areas of study.
Pre-1856: An important part of the collection is a replication of Kierkegaard’s personal library, based on contemporary records, which consists mainly of Danish and German editions read by Kierkegaard. Titles are also included which Kierkegaard might have seen or owned before his death in 1855 (Pre-1856 indicates this section).
Kierk 1: primary sources in all languages, i.e., Kierkegaard as author.
Kierk 2: secondary critical materials with substantial sections about Kierkegaard.
Related Thinkers: materials by and about related thinkers including contemporaries of Kierkegaard, thinkers who influenced his thought, and later thinkers who were affected by Kierkegaard’s ideas.
Dissertations: Donated dissertations by eminent scholars about Kierkegaard, his contemporaries, and the growing body of scholarship he has generated.
Reference: reference materials regarding Kierkegaard studies, language study and translation, philosophy, religion, etc. Danica: works documenting Danish culture, literature, and history.
Article File: includes original and copied articles arranged by author with local title and subject access for most titles. Includes articles about Kierkegaard and Kierkegaard studies, book reviews, some lectures etc.
Newspaper Article File: includes articles in the popular press about Kierkegaard, reviews of books etc. Currently the file is mainly from Danish newspapers over the past 40 years.
Archives: includes documentary materials related to the history of the Library and Kierkegaard studies, as well as biographical materials about Howard and Edna Hong.
Please note the library’s collection is fully searchable through St. Olaf’s Catalyst search engine.