The Hong Kierkegaard Library

The Hong Kierkegaard Library will not be open this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will, however, be offering an online talk and discussion series entitled “The Poul Lübcke Memorial Lecture Series.”  Email and to sign-up. This link: summer lectures provides the schedule, speaker and titles.

Outside of the series, this particular week we are honored to host The Utech Seminar. It will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 9 & 10 at 1 pm central time. Email to sign up.

Title: “Kierkegaard: Writing a Life” — Over the course of two lectures Clare Carlisle will discuss the intimate connection between life and writing; Kierkegaard’s relationship to writing; and her own experience writing Kierkegaard’s life.

Speaker: Clare Carlisle is the author of four books on Kierkegaard: Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Becoming (2005), Kierkegaard: A Guide for the Perplexed (2006), Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling (2010), and the new biography Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard (2019). She is also the author of On Habit (2014) and Spinoza’s Religion (forthcoming in 2021); the editor of Spinoza’s Ethics, translated by George Eliot (2020); and the translator of Félix Ravaisson’s De l’habitude (2008). She has written dozens of articles on philosophy for the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to the TLS. Clare Carlisle grew up in Manchester, studied philosophy and theology at TrinityCollege, Cambridge,and is now a professor at King’s College London.



The Hong 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, and houses 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 welcomes all students and scholars with an 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 others.

With approximately 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.

To get to the Hong Kierkegaard Library, go to the main entrance of the St. Olaf College Rolvaag Library, look to your right, go down the stairs, take a left, and walk to the end of the hall. The Library welcomes all and encourages both students and scholars alike to use our collection.

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.

For more information and directions to the library, click on the following video: