The Søren Kierkegaard Library (UNSØK)
The Søren Kierkegaard Library is located at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre.
The Søren Kierkegaard Library is open by appointment.
There is public access to the library as a reading room, but there is no public borrowing.
Researchers and students at SKC and other students and teachers at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Theology may borrow books for use at study places and offices.
The Søren Kierkegaard Library includes reference books (A1), bibliographies (A2), Danish and foreign intellectual history (B + C), books about Kierkegaard's family and era (D1, D2 and D3), and a collection that reconstructs Kierkegaard's own library (E).
The Søren Kierkegaard Library can be searched in the library database hosted by the Royal Danish Library.
Reconstruction of Kierkegaard's own book collection (E-collection)
The books included in the E-collection consist of editions that correspond to the ones in Kierkegaard's library at the time of his death, or that we know were in his collection on the basis of extant bookstore receipts.
There is also a section containing books supplementary to the above (E-supp). This consists of editions directly or indirectly referenced in Kierkegaard's writings.
The E-collection is in a separate room that requires a special key and a code. Contact the Centre secretary for access. The books in the E-collection are catalogued according to H.P. Rohde's auction protocol of Søren Kierkegaard's surviving collection of books, and follow his numbering system. The protocol is available in the library.
The protocol lists the books in the library's collection.
Books from the E-collection can be borrowed using the same procedure as above, but always as "day loans", and as such must be returned by the end of the working day.
Pamphlets and reprints (articles) are listed alphabetically in the large green filing cabinets inside the E-collection room.
Most of the Danish titles in the E-collection have been digitised and can be found in the library catalogue.
Rules on borrowing
Place a red plastic tab with a properly completed loan note in the book's place in the bookcase.
On the loan note, state the book's signature, title, author, the borrower's name and the date of the loan.
The blue part of the loan note is kept in the borrowed book.
At the end of loan, you yourself are responsible for putting the book back.
Books marked ‘day loan' must be put back in place by the end of the working day.