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Psychoanalytic Library

Our Psychoanalytic Library is the only research and reference center on psychoanalytic theory and technique in the Rocky Mountain area – a valuable resource for faculty, candidates/students and mental health professionals.

The library was established in1994 when Dr. Herbert Gaskill's office was turned into a library after his passing. Books donated from Herbert Gaskill, Gretl Hitchman, Herb Kritzer and Joan Fleming were the first 400 to line the shelves and has continued to grow over the years. We now have a substantial collection of books on psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy which make up the Library’s collection.

The library is available by reservation only for pickup and drop-off.  Please call/email in advance to make sure the library will be open when you are planning to stop by and to arrange pickup of hold items or drop-off of loaned materials.

How to Use the Library

  • Members may request a hold for a book or periodical by selecting the “Request a Hold” tab located on the online Catalog through Libib.
  • A login is required to place a hold - we encourage you to use the same password you use for the Institute website.  See user instructions
  • A hold notice will be sent to office staff who will pull the book and make contact to arrange for pickup.
  • Lending time is 30 days and is renewable if there are no holds.  
  • Reminder emails will be sent.
  • Returns must be arranged to ensure staff is in the office.
  • Late, lost or unreturned materials are subject to a fine.

Library Membership


Lending privileges are available for all current  (dues/tuition paying):

  • Institute faculty
  • Analytic candidates
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy students
  • Society members
  • Department of Psychiatry Faculty at the University of Colorado
  • Psychiatry residents at the University of Colorado


  • may use on-site only.
  • checkouts not authorized unless at the discretion of the librarian.

Both Members & Non-Members

The library reserves the right to revoke library access and borrowing.

Additional Resources

  • Strauss Library - located on the Anschutz Medical Campus  (Institute faculty are eligible for library account)
  • Access http://www.pep-web.org/ for thousands of full-text psychoanalytic journal articles (subscription required)
  • The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research links to several free medical journals from one convenient place.
  • PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • APsaA Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Reading List
  • APSAA CORE Research Bibliography - A comprehensive  bibliography of research reviews and studies applicable to psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Can be used as a resource for teaching of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles and techniques.

Library Collections

General Collection

  • Items are available for lending to Library members
  • Includes books and journals

Special Collections

  • Items from the Special Collections are not available for circulation.
  • Special Collections may include rare books, manuscripts, papers, and other items that are of unique value and importance to our Institute culture and history.


  • The Institute Archives was established to preserve the history of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.
  • Some of the materials found in the Institute Archives include the records of individuals, interviews, photographs, recordings, and copies of publications.
  • This is an on-going project.
  • Items are not available for circulation.

Due to space limitations, we are selling used books from our collection 

click here to view the book sale

  • Place as many items as you want into your cart
  • At checkout, select the pick-up day/time that works best for you. Contact the office if you need to arrange for other options
  • Pay online with a credit card
  • Pick up books & enjoy your reading

Thank you to all those that purchase used books from us. 

Proceeds from the book sale help keep our library up-to-date and relevant and allow us to continue work on the Archive project.

Watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from October 27, 2023

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