Search Tips

Before You Begin Searching the Library...


1. Refer to the Selected Keyword Index for sample search terms.


2. Understand variations in our labeling system.
The materials in the Library at the Schumacher Center are cataloged using standard Library of Congress Call Numbers. Please note these variations in call numbers:

AUTH: former owner of the book contributed to or authored a title
EFSS (followed by subject heading and number): standard Library of Congress classification not available for this book.
FAM: book absent from a special collection, in the possession of a family member 
OVERSIZ: larger books
P: pamphlets
BENE: Personal library of George Benello
BLISS: Personal library of Richard Bliss
HEN: Personal library of Hazel Henderson
HYDE: Personal collection of Lewis Hyde
RVE: Personal library of Robyn Van En
SCHUM: Ernst Friedrich Schumacher’s personal library 
SHAW: Personal library of Martha Shaw
TRANET: Personal library of William Ellis (TRANET publication)
Read more detailed explanations of these variations...

3. Note how to isolate and search special collections:

A.  Go to “Search the Catalog”
B.  Select “All Words”
C.  Type one of the following to search books from a special collection :
     "schum” to search Fritz Schumacher’s library only
     “rve” to search Robyn Van En’s library only
D.  Type “and”
E.  Then proceed with topics as instructed.
Example: “schum and organic agriculture” will bring up all books in Schumacher’s library that only deal with organic agriculture.

4. Make note of language translations.
German language titles have been entered into the catalog according to the following translation spellings:

enter ö as “oe”
enter ä as “ae”
enter ü as “ue”
enter ß as “ss”






Return to the Library Home Page to view the breadth and scope of materials available at the Schumacher Center Library.


If you have any additional questions, problems, or suggestions as you use this online catalog, please contact us.