GIVE to the HKL


With a collection of 19,000 volumes in at least a dozen different  languages, the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library and Publication Center is one of the premier collections in the world devoted to the work of Soren Kierkegaard. The impressive size and quality of our offerings are in part due to the generous support of committed donors.  We are always working to expand our collection and to bolster our support of St. Olaf students as well domestic and international visiting scholars; however, these efforts require help from the community of friends and patrons that have grown around the Library. Please consider making a gift to the Library. In addition to monetary contributions, we also accept in-kind donations, including books, manuscripts, and works of art. If you are interested in contributing to the Library and its programs please contact Eileen Shimota at


By Mail:

Listed below are the ways in which we use monies to support the Kierkegaard Library. Should you wish to designate a particular area, please include a note with your check.

  • Hong Kierkegaard Library Endowment
  • St. Olaf Student Scholarship
  • Summer Scholar Programs
  • Rare Book Acquisitions and Preservation
  • On-campus Lectures
  • Other

Checks can be mailed to the following address:

St. Olaf College
Hong Kierkegaard Library
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN  55057


In Person:

Whether you are a first-time visitor, seasoned scholar, faculty member or student, we welcome you to the Kierkegaard Library. Visit during its open hours and talk to Eileen Shimota or Professor Gordon Marino about financial and in-kind donations today. Should you need to make an appointment outside of regular hours, please email to schedule a time.

Please know we are most grateful for your kindness and generosity.