The Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute Library holds more than 60,000 items that include books, manuscripts, periodicals, art, music, maps, pamphlets, correspondence, and personal histories. It provides the most comprehensive body of Thoreau-related material available in one place.
We encourage people interested in knowing more about the life and writings of Thoreau, or who want to see our exhibits, to come and visit. The library is open most weekdays, Monday through Friday, 10-4. The library has limited staff: to be sure staff is on hand when you come, we encourage you to please call ahead at (781)259-4730 or e-mail the library. We look forward to greeting you!
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Thoreau Institute Library Catalog (Public Access Catalog)
We are honored to be the designated repository for a number of important collections, including the extensive collections of the Thoreau Society. It is the mission of the library to collect, preserve and make available research materials relating to Henry David Thoreau, his historical context, and his contemporary relevance to human-rights and environmental issues. Our growing collection serves as a vital resource for Thoreau scholars from around the world, as well as for students and teachers locally.
The combined collections include many items of special interest. Items marked with an asterisk are currently on display in our reading room: