Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library

Henry S,  Olcott

The Theosophical Society in America, 1926 N. Main Street, Wheaton IL 60187
(630) 668-1571, ext. 304, library@theosophical.org

LIBRARY HOURS (Central Time),
Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 - noon, 1:00 - 5:00
Evenings Tuesday through Thursday, 6:30 - 8:00 (September - May),
Sunday and Monday Closed


The Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library is a unique library bringing together the religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions of the East and West, emphasizing the Ancient Wisdom tradition—Theosophy.

Founded in 1926 and named after Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, the library is located at the Society's national center in Wheaton, Illinois.

The library’s collection of more than 20,000 titles of books, periodicals, video, and audio recordings is one of the finest in the country. Some of the many subjects included are Theosophy, Eastern philosophy and religions, comparative religion, esoteric Christianity, mysticism, mythology, psychology, parapsychology, meditation, healing, death and dying, astrology, and yoga.


Borrowing Privileges

Membership in the Theosophical Society in America includes library borrowing privileges (in person or by mail); however, members must register for this benefit with the library. Nonmembers may register for library privileges for an annual fee of $30.00 (local borrower) or $40.00 (mail borrower). Borrowing privileges are limited to persons residing in the United States. Click here for a User Registration Form, which can be printed out. It must be filled out, signed, and sent to the library by postal mail or fax. Instructions are included on the form.

Loan Policy

Type of Material

Loan Limit

Loan Period

Late fee
per day

Late fee

Loss or Damage
Processing fee




Up to 5 titles

4 weeks

6 weeks

10¢ per item



Audio Recording

Up to 4 titles

4 weeks

6 weeks

10¢ per item



Video Recording
(No Renewals)

Up to 2 titles
with rental fee

2 weeks

4 weeks

50¢ per item




* To ensure the timely availability of material to all our patrons, late fees are assessed on all past due materials.

** A processing fee of $10 per title will be charged for any materials lost or damaged while in the patron’s possession. Additionally, the patron is responsible for the item’s replacement cost, plus applicable overdue fines.

Renewal Process

  • Video recodings may not be renewed. Registered users of the library may renew other materials directly through the Online Library Catalog  when signed into their account.

Borrowing by Mail

  • ELIGIBILITY: The Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library can lend materials only to persons residing within the United States.
  • REQUEST FORMS: Requests to borrow materials by mail should be made in writing. A preprinted order form is available upon request. Registered users of the library may place borrowing requests directly from the Online Library Catalog  .
  • DUE DATE: The due date on material borrowed by mail allows two additional weeks for travel time. Materials must be returned to reach the library by the due date specified.
  • SHIPPING: Borrowed materials may be returned in the same packaging in which they were received, by using the return labels provided. All materials may be shipped through some trackable means or insured which includes tracking. Borrowers pay the return postage.


Online Catalog

The Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library is the center of an online catalog shared with other Theosophical libraries, currently the library of the New York Theosophical Society and the Krotona Library (Ojai, California).To go to the Theosophical Society Libraries Online Catalog .


Henry S. Olcott: A One-Hundred Year Legacy


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