The Walden Woods Project Library opened in 1998. The Library serves as a center for research and education focused on Henry David Thoreau, his literary achievements and philosophy, as well as his contemporaries, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Amos Bronson Alcott.

Through its strategic collecting mission, and the generosity of supporters, the Library presents the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau-related material in the world, as well as extensive collections on his contemporaries and on Transcendentalism.

Through our website, you’ll find access to

> our on-line catalog
> information about our special collections
> Thoreau’s writings
> Thoreau quotations
> images
> the Thoreau Log: a digital documentary of Thoreau’s life
> works by and about the Transcendentalists

You can schedule a school visit – bring your class to the library or arrange for a virtual Q&A with our Curator and resident scholar, Jeffrey S. Cramer.

You can even get assistance with our Ask the Curator service: ask a question, verify a quotation, schedule a library visit, or arrange for some research time.

For Library hours and directions, click here.

Whether you use these resources to dive more deeply into something that interests you, or just to take a peek now and again, we hope you will come back often to see what we’ve been up to.

Thank you for your interest and your support.