The Hong Kierkegaard Library

WELCOME TO THE HONG KIERKEGAARD LIBRARY (HKL)

Mission Statement: The Hong Kierkegaard Library (HKL) serves as the world’s official repository for books by Soren Kierkegaard as well as those influencing and influenced by his authorship. The HKL offers programs and courses aimed at stimulating and nurturing the study of Kierkegaard among St.Olaf students and faculty, as well as domestic and international scholars. The HKL is both a Special Collection and a Center for Research and Publication and as such, it fosters an intellectual community highly conducive to reflection on faith and values.

HKL Move-In Day

The Hong Kierkegaard Library moves into Steensland, its new home on the “Hill.” The structure, built in 1902, was the first library on campus and is nestled between Old Main and Holland Hall, home to the Religion and Philosophy Departments.

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HKL Open House in Steensland Hall

On December 16th, the doors of the newly relocated Hong Kierkegaard Library in Steensland Hall were opened to visitors. Many St. Olaf students, staff and faculty came for self guided tours of the newly renovated building and enjoyed some festive treats.

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The HKL

The HKL stands as an international center for scholarship of Kierkegaard and of existentialism that serves students, scholars, faculty, alumni, and community members.

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St. Olaf Students

The HKL provides various opportunities for students to connect with the workings of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.

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Faculty and Scholars 

Faculty and scholars have the opportunity to use the resources of the HKL through research, fellowships, programs, lectures and events.

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News and Events


All who are interested in the worlds of Soren Kierkegaard have access to upcoming and recorded lectures, events and more.

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