"I appreciate your events so much–they are thoughtful, sane, and restore the soul!"
Victoria, Chicago, IL 

"Thanks for the welcoming format of the Common Ground lectures at the Swedenborg Library...warm & relaxing." 
Bill, Wilmette, IL
Above, the monument to Swedenborg, whose vision of the new Jerusalem (Revelation, chapter 21 in the Bible) inspired city planner Daniel Burnham; in Chicago's Lincoln Park on a particularly beautiful day. Swedenborg looks benevolently toward the city, holding a copy of "Secrets of Heaven" to his heart. 
Welcome to the Swedenborg Library in Chicago
Above: Common Ground lecturer Jerry Leitner addresses a group during a Swedenborg Library program taking place in James Parlor at 77 W. Washington St., Chicago. 

Here you'll find information on upcoming events and programs on a wide range of topics, from spiritual practices, the world's religions, spirituality in America among others. 

Our circulating book collection offers a range of contemporary books on spiritual topics, and the surprisingly modern work of the 18C Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. 

One of the insights that Swedenborg had about the heavenly realm was that people who lived the good of their religion of all religions were found there. The Swedenborg Library embraces that idea, and is an ecumenical center. People of all faiths, and those who aren't sure what they believe are welcomed here. 

See Events & Programs for information on our upcoming programs. We look forward to seeing you then. Use the Contact Us form for information on our collection.
If you will be in downtown Chicago and would like to visit the Swedenborg Library, we are open Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 pm, Thursday afternoons prior to programs, and by appointment. Click on the Calendar link in the top left column for our hours and schedule. 


Wednesday, February 28, 7-9 pm: COMMON GROUND talk with Jerrol Leitner on "Jesus & Buddha - A Comparative Study." $10 fee payable to Common Ground. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2-3:30 pm: The IONS book group will discuss "The Intention Experiment" by Lynne McTaggert.  Copies of the book are available on loan from the Swedenborg Library, and we are told that the Chicago Public Library also has ample copies available. The next available day for picking up a copy at the Swedenborg Library is Wednesday, March 21.   

Thursday, April 5, 7-9 pm: COMMON GROUND faculty member John Wasik will discuss innovation, and the contributions of Illinois residents, on "Prairie Power - Innovation in Illinois Over the Past 200 Years."

Saturday, April 14, 10 am-5 pm: THERAPEUTIC TOUCH workshop is limited to 25. Join in this introductory session led by Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioners Marilyn Johnston-Svoboda, RN, EdD; Lisa Leamy, RN, BSN, and Janet Wehr, RN. $45 includes lunch. 

NOTE: The Library will be closed during the week of March 11, 2018 due to travel. We will reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, March 21. 
The Swedenborg Library is pleased to host the monthly meetings of the Loop IONS Community Chapter. For information on the IONS upcoming events, visit: 
Loop IONS 

The Loop IONS Community Group meets monthly at the Swedenborg Library. For information on the Winter schedule, visit  Loop IONS . 
The Swedenborg Library is the Chicago satellite for COMMON GROUND, the 40 year old Deerfield, Illinois organization that presents lectures on a wide range of topics. For information on the Winter 2018 programs, or for more information on Common Ground's suburban-location programs, visit COMMON GROUND

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