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Emily Sellon Memorial Library



The origin of our Library goes back to 1933.  Emily Sellon catalogued and worked out the system of classification now in use by the Library. Emily Sellon, in honor of whom the library is named, was a great lover of books, and after her retirement from this post she and her husband, John Sellon, sustained her vision of maintaining such a collection through a generous endowment which has allowed the Library to become a major resource for material relating to the work of the Theosophical Society.

​  Emily Sellon Memorial Library has reopened


Monday through Friday 

1:00 P.M-5:00 P.M 

(Inside Quest Bookshop entrance upstairs)


Research on Theosophy and related fields of Esotericism, Religion, Philosophy and Science. The Library maintains one of the best collections of the works of H.P. Blavatsky and related Theosophists on the East Coast, and is strong in areas of Gnosticism, Hermetica, Parapsychology, and the Healing Arts. When the local branch was rechartered in 1897 as the NY Theosophical Society an effort was made to create the nucleus of such a Library. 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. 

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