Krotona Library and Research Center

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Dedicated to the Search for Truth

Krotona Library was founded in 1912 when Krotona was located in Hollywood, and was moved to Ojai along with the Institute in 1924. The library emphasizes the ageless wisdom tradition, or Theosophy, and spiritual traditions of East and West. Its collection numbers nearly 8,000 titles and contains a wide range of materials including texts, journals, and study guides. Students and research scholars will find material on theosophy, philosophy, religion, meditation, death and dying, healing, yoga, advancements in science, and more.

An expanded theosophical resource, which includes the collections of the Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library, Wheaton, Illinois and the New York Theosophical Library as well as the Krotona Library, is available by contacting the Library.

Krotona library is open to all. Visitors may explore the collection, relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the library, study in comfortable surroundings, and check out interesting books.

Library Hours

Please see the Visiting Krotona page for the Library Hours.

Library Membership

In addition to serving Krotona’s resident scholars, faculty and students, the Library loans its collections to residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Membership Fee: $15 per year

Borrowing Policies

  • Books: 1-3 titles for up to 3 weeks.
  • DVDs, videos: 1-2 titles/1 week/small rental fee.

An additional one week renewal may be requested by phone or email.

Fines: $.10/day for each overdue book. $.50/day for each DVD, videos. Patrons are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged items.