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

The Interchurch Center Book Club May: The Library Book by Susan Orlean May

May 2019 - The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Next Meeting: Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 12:00PM




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 2019

No Events

october 2019

tue01octAll Daythu31Book Club: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles DickensFree & Open to the Public (All Day)

mon07oct12:00 pmmon1:00 pmBook Club: A Discussion With Dr. Anu TaranathFree & Open to the Public12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

november 2019

No Events

december 2019

No Events