A Center for Research and Publication
The Kierkegaard Library is a special collection that serves students, scholars and anyone interested in the writings and ideas of 19th-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and related thinkers.
The collection stands as an international center for scholarship of Kierkegaard and of existentialism more broadly housing approximately twenty thousand book volumes. Many of these comprise a collection of editions matching those owned by Kierkegaard himself as a part of the Library’s ongoing goal of recreating the philosopher’s personal library. The Library also holds collections of periodical articles, newspaper articles, and archival materials related to Kierkegaard studies, the history of the Library, and the biographies of Howard and Edna Hong. As a study and publication center, it especially welcomes all with a serious interest in Kierkegaard research.
Because of the Hong Kierkegaard Library’s international prominence, the collection hosts an increasingly diverse community of scholars. In the past several years, scholars from six continents have called the Library home. Their fields have varied greatly, ranging from postcolonial studies to epistemology to translation work. The collection’s resources and organization allow for the existence of a diverse group of scholars who gather to further their academic research and meaningfully engage with other scholars.
Consider spending research time in the Library. Click on the various program tabs on the right for specific information on available opportunities along with a list of scholars from all over the country and the world who have made use of its excellent resources.
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Resources for Scholars
For additional resources in locating books and other materials, Kierkegaard scholars should visit this newly-designed webpage designed by the St. Olaf Library Research Librarians. This website provides links to the College’s best online catalogues, such as Catalyst, and a variety of similar reference sources that help all scholars obtain on-campus or interlibrary materials.