The Theosophical Society in America

Krotona Library

Krotona Library


(Pacific Time)
Wednesday - Saturday: 12
:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Closed Monday & Tuesday

Krotona Library Webpage

Krotona Institute of Theosophy
2 Krotona Street, Ojai CA 93023

Phone: (805) 646-2653


The Library was founded in 1912 when the Krotona Institute of Theosophy was located in Hollywood, and moved to the beautiful Ojai Valley along with the Institute in 1924. Its collection of over 10,000 books emphasizes the ageless wisdom tradition, or Theosophy, and spiritual traditions of East and West.Students and research scholars are welcome. 

Library Membership

The library loans its collections to residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The fee is $15 per year. 

Loan Policies

Books: Up to 3 titles.
Video Cassettes & DVDs: Up to 2 titles.

Books are loaned for three weeks. Video Cassettes & DVDs are loaned for one week with a small rental fee.

One week renewal is usually available on request and may be made by phone. Fines are 10¢ per day for each overdue item. Fines for videos & dvds are 50¢ per day per video. The maximum fine is $10. Borrowers are expected to pay for items that are lost or damaged. These charges cover the cost to the library for replacing the item.

Members of The Krotona Library are eligible to rent video tapes & dvds from the library's large collection, including: The World of Joseph Campbell; Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth; Meetings with Remarkable Men; Peter Brook's Mahabharata; Jeffery Mishlove's Thinking Allowed; and a wide variety of video and audio tapes produced by the Theosophical Society in America.

The Library also subscribes to most English language Theosophical, Spiritual and Alternative journals and magazines, such as The Quest; Gnosis; Revision; Tricycle, Creation Spirituality and others.

The Three Truths

  • The soul is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.
  • The Principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and beneficent, is not heard or seen, or smelt, but it is perceived by the one who desires perception.
  • Each of us is our own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to ourselves, the decreer of our life our reward, our punishment.

These truths which are as great as is life itself are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.

The Idyll of the White Lotus


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LIBRARY HOURS (Pacific Time) Tuesday through Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 P.M. Closed Mondays

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