Our library houses some of the rarest collections in consciousness studies, psychology, eastern & western religions, mysticism, metaphysics, classical and modern philosophy. The primary aim of the Library is to provide researchers and students with hard-to-find materials. The Library also supports the University of Philosophical Research through the development and maintenance of its large local collection.

Unique in the United States as a wisdom literature resource, the PRS Library houses an impressive collection of more than 30,000 items—books, manuscripts, periodicals & other items devoted to art, astrology, comparative religion, ancient & modern philosophy, psychology, science and related subjects, including many rare original editions from the 15th to the 18th centuries.

Featured Titles in Our Collection

Count Goblet D’Alviella: The Hibbert Lectures. (Lectures on the origin and growth of the conception of God as illustrated by Anthropology and History. Oxford 1897)

Francis Adams: The Genuine Works of Hippocrates. (in two volumes. London 1849)

Albert Cornoy: The Mythology of All Races. (Illustrated in eight volumes. Boston 1917)

Fa-Hien: A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms. (Being an account by a Chinese monk of his travels, 399 to 414 A.D. Translated by James Legge. Oxford 1886)

Thomas Taylor: Two Orations of Emperor Julian. (1932)

Stanislav Grof, M.D.: Realms of the Human Unconscious. (In collaboration with Joan Halifax, Anthropologist. 1975)

Bernard Fay: Revolution and Freemasonry: 1680-1800. (Boston 1935)

Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater: Man, Whence How and Whither. (1922)

James Esdaice: Natural and Mesmeric Clairvoyance. (With the practical application of mesmerism in surgery and medicine. 1852)


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For additional use of the Library please schedule an appointment with our Librarian.

PRS is a research facility, not a lending Library, but strives to make its collection available to the needs of its patrons. If you have an access concern, or research related question, please contact our librarian at or call 323.663.2167 x. 156

Support of the Library

For many decades PRS has relied upon the generosity of its loyal supporters and its small, dedicated staff. The ever-rising cost of running an institution devoted to Philosophy never ceases. If you have old, rare, or new texts, or would like to make a meaningful donation to the Society and Library, please call PRS at 323.663.2167.