Guide to Using the Collection

Non-Circulating Collection

The Kierkegaard Library books should be used within the Kierkegaard Library only. Scholars are welcome to take books from the shelves in the main reading rooms to their workplaces. Please keep no more than 2-3 titles overnight marked on a table if needed the next day so resources are available always to everyone here. Please return books to the marked windowsill in the main reading room for re-shelving by staff. There are no assigned seats or offices in the Library due to the number of scholars here this summer. Please feel free to take any open seat or unused office when you are using the Library. Seats are not saved when not in use. (Long-term House Foundation Fellows have the only assigned offices.)

No Food or Drink in the Library

You are welcome to enjoy coffee, tea, etc. in the lobby area outside of the Library. Please do not bring any food or drink into the Library

Care of Materials

Please take care not to make marks or notations in any book in our collection – or to use post-it notes. Also please always return the “flag” with call number to each book before returning it for shelving. Please let a staff member know if materials you are using seem to need repair or preservation.

Electronic Catalog and Other Access to Resources

All of our collections, including periodical and newspaper article files, have been carefully cataloged using our own classification for specialized Kierkegaard materials when appropriate. The St. Olaf/Carleton consortium electronic catalog, BRIDGE, includes the holdings of the Kierkegaard Library. You can narrow any search to the Kierkegaard Library by using the menu provided on this page.

A search by Subject will include our specialized subject headings for many materials. A Keyword search will provide a broader bibliography for any subject search. Please note call numbers carefully to make sure you are searching for any title in the proper subsection of our arrangement. See our collection page for further information on the Library’s arrangement.

Rare Book Room Use

Scholars wishing to use materials from the Rare Book Room (materials published before 1856 and other special materials) should contact Gordon Marino or Eileen Shimota. These titles should be signed out and in again and must be used within the Library.

Article Collections

Our collection of periodical articles, lectures, etc is located in the file cabinets in the main reading room. You are welcome to take individual articles out on your own after signing them out. Articles can be returned to the marked windowsill in the main reading room for re-filing by staff.

Access to these articles is by author/title/subject card file for articles acquired prior to 1998. Access for articles acquired after 1998 is by author/title card as well as by brief bibliographic records on the electronic library catalog.

Our Newspaper Article File is also available for use with a separate card file providing access by author and/or title. Brief records for the newspaper articles are also provided in BRIDGE.

We welcome learning about articles missing from our collections. Scholar recommendations are very much a part of our ongoing acquisitions and collection building.

Kierkegaard Library Archives

The Kierkegaard Library is developing an Archive that includes materials related to the biographies and work of Howard and Edna Hong and other Kierkegaard scholars, the history of the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, the history of Kierkegaard studies worldwide, and other related subjects.

Photocopying and Scanning Policy

Scholars are responsible for observing copyright laws with regard to making photocopies for personal use. Photocopying/scanning of most materials by scholars themselves is allowed with staff permission.

  • The photocopy machine is the 2nd door down the hallway to the right. Taking materials to photocopy with permission is the ONLY circumstance in which materials should leave the Kierkegaard Library.
  • This machine also has the capacity to scan. One scholar has reported this to be very slow. We are hoping to receive a faster scanner for public use within the Kierkegaard Library but right now we do not have this access.
  • Copies can be made using your St. Olaf ID card if you deposit funds on your card. This procedure can be done in the Cage. Otherwise payment is required at the time of copying.
  • Copying of materials from the Rare Book Room is by staff only and is dependent upon the materials’ condition etc.
  • Scholars using scanning “pens” to copy materials directly into their computers need to notify us that they are doing that. We will ask for recognition in any document related to your use of our materials. Again each scholar is personally responsible for observing copyright law.

Resources Beyond the Library

Websites and Databases

Access to indexes are available through the St. Olaf libraries or through interlibrary loan. Electronic journal databases (such as JSTOR) are available to patrons of the Kierkegaard Library with some materials available in full-text. A helpful reference is the Web Sites for Philosophy that is maintained by the St. Olaf Libraries.

The Kierkegaard Library also maintains a list of links for Danish resources and related sites.

Other St. Olaf Libraries

Scholars are welcome to use Rolvaag Memorial Library, the main library of the College, as well as the Science Library and the Music Library. Your St. Olaf ID card will allow you to borrow materials from all of these libraries Rolvaag’s holdings include some Kierkegaard studies materials.

Other Northfield Libraries

Your St. Olaf ID card enables you to borrow materials from Gould Library at Carleton College that also holds some Kierkegaard studies resources. The Northfield Public Library in the center of town is also available for your use. You will probably need to get a separate library card there if you wish to borrow materials.