Swedenborg Society Library

Last updated 25th February 2009 
Name of library  Swedenborg Society Library
Address Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH 
Telephone  020 7405 7986
E-mail  james@swedenborg.org.uk / richard@swedenborg.org.uk
Website  http://www.swedenborg.org.uk
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title  Librarian: James Wilson. Secretary: Richard Lines.
Purpose & 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.
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. 
Lending to other libraries & visitors  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.
Number of volumes  16,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  180
Current Periodicals  30
Other materials  Microfilms – 91. Lantern Slides – 550. Manuscript and Typescript material – over 800 items. Portraits – c60, and numerous photographs.
Volumes added per year  50
Coverage  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.
Manuscripts 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 J. J. G. 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  http://www.swedenborg.org.uk/library/
Other facilities  Photocopying and scans of documents by members of staff. Wifi access.
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  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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