Ruth Stafford Peale Library

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 various periodicals and newspapers. While the collection is primarily religious in nature the Library has a fiction section that supports its book club and also includes material on non-profit management and fund raising, health and nutrition, and women’s issues. The Library has archival collections on mission history and ecumenism. The Library can obtain material not in its collection through interlibrary loan, provided ample time is given. To visit the Library, please contact Tracey Del Duca and make an appointment. 


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 is open by appointment to researchers unaffiliated with tenant organizations.


OverDrive for the use of e-books is now available at In addition to staff members of the tenant agencies, e-books will be available to former staff members and residents of the community. You can get books on your phone and other devices through the Libby option or on your Kindle or Kindle app. We are just starting to grow the collection so new titles will be continually added.


The Interchurch Center Book Club is now “Books That Bind” Building Bonds through books and conversation. Our club reads a wide 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. New members are always welcome. To Join

Due to the pandemic the Book Club is currently meeting on Zoom until further notice.


In addition to the monthly Book Club the library also has a writing group, activity club, and holds a December author themed Tea Party. All Events are open to the general public.

May 2024

No Events

June 2024

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July 2024

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August 2024

No Events


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)