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Name of Library: Swedenborg Society Library

Address: Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH.

Town: London

Telephone: 020 7405 7986


E-mail: james@swedenborg.org.uk / richard@swedenborg.org.uk

Website: http://www.swedenborg.org.uk

Alternative names


Librarian: James Wilson. Secretary: Richard Lines.

Purpose and main user community of the library

Collect Swedenborg's works in all editions and translations; collect works reflecting Swedenborg's influence; archive the Swedenborg Society's activities.l

Terms of access

By appointment in advance only for members and non-members alike.

Opening hours

M-F 09.30-17.00

Disabled access

The library is housed in a listed Georgian building. The library is on the first floor and there are no lifts.


via British Library only. The Society has a small lending library. Non-members can borrow books on presentation of photographic ID and proof of address.



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Microfilms - 91. Lantern Slides - 550. Manuscript and Typescript material - over 800 items. Portraits - c60, and numerous photographs.

Volumes added per year



All aspects of Swedenborgianism and new-church theology.

Special Collections

The Swedenborg Collection - the bigest collection in Europe of Swedenborg's works across many editions and translations, and biographies of Swedenborg.
The Archives - rare and annotated books, manuscripts, portraits and curios.


Manuscript translations and transcriptions of Swedenborg's works - most notably a codex transcribed at the behest of Augustus Nordenskjold of some of Swedenborg's works, the original mss of which are no longer extant. Correspondence by prominent figures in the history of the Swedenborg Society, including overa thousand letters by Dr JJG Wilkinson.

Research resource

Any aspects of Swedenborgiansim or New Church theology with especial relevance to the history of these movements.

Catalogue Type

Computer and card.

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying and scans of documents by members of staff. Wifi access.

Full Time Staff  

Part Time Staff 1

Voluntary Staff  

Future plans

We are endeavoring to put our entire catalogue into an electronic and online format.
Plans are being discussed to turn portions of our collection into lending library.
Plans are being discussed to become a members only library.

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