Ruth Stafford Peale Library

Library books
For more information contact:
Tracey Del Duca | 212.870.3804


The Ruth Stafford Peale Library (Suite 250) of The Interchurch Center serves the informational and research needs of the Center's diverse tenancy. The Library holds 17,000 books and receives 55 periodical titles. The main focus of the collection is religious in nature but also collects material on health, non-profit management, and fiction.

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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, and Jewish Theological Seminary can visit The Library but do not have borrowing privileges. The Library can obtain books not in its collection through interlibrary loan, provided ample time is given. Patrons are responsible for replacing lost or damaged books. Patrons that lose books and fail to return books on a consistent basis will have their borrowing privileges revoked.


The Interchurch Center Book Club meets once a month from 12PM - 1PM in Room 250, on the 2nd floor. We read a range of authors/genres. It is a great way to discover some new reads and make new friends. Join us for great conversation and laughs. Coffee, tea and cookies are served. No worries if you don't have time to finish you still get a cookie. The group is open to the public.


January 23 - The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali 

February 20 - Queenie by Candice Carty Williams

March 19 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

April 23 - The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

May 21 - The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper 

June 18 - What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon




The Library has several small archival collections related to the Ecumenical Movement and Missions

For finding aids click on the pdf link below

Faith & Order Movement (1919-1943)
Life & Work Movement (1920-1938)
Interchurch World Movement (1919-1921)
Missions: Biographical & Organizations (1885-1985)
Home Missions Council (1912-1950)


The Writing Group meets every other week from 12:00-12:45. Want to start writing? Looking for a group to help share your thoughts, joys and frustrations about writing? Or want a safe environment to share your thoughts? Then this is the group for you.

september 2020

thu24sep6:00 pmthu7:00 pmTIC BOOK CLUB: The Five: The Lives of Jack the Ripper's Women by Hallie RubenholdVirtual Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

october 2020

thu22oct12:00 pmthu1:00 pmTIC Book Club: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteVirtual Meeting12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

november 2020

thu19nov6:00 pmthu7:00 pmTIC Book Club: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali DevVirtual Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

december 2020

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