The Theosophical Society in America

Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library


" encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation."

Theosophical Society in America,
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 668-1571, ext. 304

 LIBRARY HOURS (CentralTime)

Tuesday - Thursday
10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Monday, Friday and Saturday
10:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Closed during the noon hour, Mondays through Saturdays. 

Online Catalog

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 about 25,000 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.


How do I borrow materials?

Materials may be borrowed at the library in Wheaton, IL, or by mail. We mail only to addresses within the United states.

All patrons register for borrowing priviliges by filling out this User Registration Form. It can be submitted by fax, mail, or in person.

Borrowing privileges are free for all members of the Theosophical Society in America.

Non-members may register for borrowing privileges for an annual fee of $30.00 (local borrower), $40.00 (mail borrower), or a one-time fee of $150.00 (life member of the library).

Loan Policy

  Loan Length Limit Late Fee
Books 4 weeks; 6 weeks by mail    12 items total 25 cents per item, per day
Video 2 weeks; 6 weeks by mail


Renewal Process

Materials automatically renew twice, unless the item is overdue or on hold for another library patron.


The Olcott Library operates under the aegis of the Theosophical Society in America, a tax-exempt, nonprofit institution, part of the Theosophical Society, a worldwide organization with branches in over 60 countries. Its objects are:

  1. To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.

  2. To encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science.

  3. To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.

Membership in the Theosophical Society is open to all who are in sympathy with its Three Objects. Its international headquarters is in Adyar, India, and the Olcott Library is located at the American headquarters here in Wheaton, Illinois.

The Theosophical Society has no dogma, and it should be remembered that the views expressed in various books on theosophical or esoteric subjects reflect only the opinions of their authors. The purpose of the Library is to enlarge concepts and stimulate thought. The Library has on its shelves many books containing imaginative notions and even errors of fact issued as private revelations. We urge readers to decide for themselves what is realistic, scientific and impersonal.