Ruth Stafford Peale Library

Library books
For more information contact:
Tracey DelDuca | 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.

Current Book


September 2017 - Threading my Prayer Rug by Sabeeha Rehman
Next Meeting: September 28, 2017 @ 12PM

Book Club List 2017

  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  • The Things that Matter by Edward Mendelson
  • Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
  • Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro
  • My Life in France by Julia Child
  • The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Book Club List 2016

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale The Neapolitan Novels) by Elena Ferrante
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
  • The Star Side of the Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
  • The Glass Blower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
  • Daughters of the Dragon: A Comfort Woman’s Story by William Andrews
  • The Humans by Matt Haif
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt May
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Prime of Miss Brodie by Muriel Spark

For a list of past books, Click Here.

Now you can join the discussion online on the
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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.

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