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The Ruth Stafford Peale Library (Suite 250) of The Interchurch Center, serves the needs of the Center's diverse tenancy. The Library's primary clientele are the staff members of the tenant agencies of the Interchurch Center. Students and faculty of Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary can visit the library but do not have borrowing privileges. The Library loans books, through formal interlibrary loan procedures, to patrons of other libraries. Researchers unaffiliated with tenant organizations are welcome by appointment. Please call 212-870-3804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
The Library holds 17,000 books and receives 60 periodical titles. The main focus of the collection is ecumenism, biblical studies, theology, spirituality, preaching, prayer, missiology, liturgy, and world religion. The Library selectively acquires books on health issues, ethnicity, education, politics, fund-raising, non-profit management, the arts, and aspects of life in New York City. There is also a small fiction and audio collection to enliven the commutes of the tenants. The Library is the home to The World Council of Churches United States Conference Collection, which is non-circulating. Click HERE to search Library’s Catalog. Please note this link will open in a new window.
The Library has several small archival collections related to the Ecumenical Movement and Missions. For finding aids click on the pdf. link.