Schumacher Center Library

The Schumacher Center Library

Home to a number of special collections and archives, the Schumacher Center's Library was established in 1990 to meet the growing need for a research center to steward the rich tradition of community economics. Housed in South Egremont, Massachusetts, the library has grown to over 16,000 volumes of unique materials that explore the theory and practice of building ecologically and socially responsible economies. 

The library catalog is accessible online via the LibraryWorld database program, and books can be searched by title, author, specific collection, and keywords. The majority of the holdings have been indexed with the keywords (subject headings) assigned by the Library of Congress. More specific keywords were added when standard classification seemed too general to adequately reflect the unconventional and independently published literature. A Selected Keyword Index facilitates the identification of alternative and decentralist materials that might be overlooked by standard keyword searches. 

 


 

Search the Main Library Catalog

Includes the general collection, E. F. Schumacher's personal library, and additional individual / special collections.

 
 

The General Collection

The library’s general collection contains theoretical and practical knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Topics include appropriate technology, development of renewable sources of energy, land reform, peace and nonviolent resistance, democratic governance, worker ownership, alternative agriculture, and environmental sustainability.

E. F. Schumacher's Library

The bulk of Dr. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher's personal library and archives were donated to the Schumacher Library in 1994 by his widow, Vreni Schumacher. The 2,500 volume collection of books, many containing Schumacher’s research notes, and some inscribed by their authors, span a surprising range of topics.

The Special Collections

The Schumacher Center Library has received generous donations of materials belonging to individuals who have made significant contributions to decentralism. These incredible individuals have entrusted their personal libraries and, in some cases, their life's work to our collection.

 

 

Search the Archives

Includes E. F. Schumacher's personal papers and articles, and the local currency archives.
 

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The E. F. Schumacher Archives

Schumacher's archives consist of manuscripts, articles, memorabilia, and lecture and background notes, which can be viewed at the Schumacher Center Libary. Schumacher’s archives were professionally organized by his daughter Barbara Wood, author of E. F. Schumacher: His Life and Thought.

The Local Currency Archives

The Schumacher Center's Library is currently undertaking the expansion and indexing of our Local Currency Archives, the only collection of its kind in North America. The Local Currency Archives contain a wide variety of materials gathered from over fifty different alternative currency projects around the globe.

 


 

Donating to the Schumacher Library

The Schumacher Center's board of directors recognizes that we have in our stewardship books and papers as important to the new economy movement as Martin Luther King's library is to the civil rights movement. 

These essential books must be moved from the 2,000-square-foot, sun filled, high ceilinged upper floor of the Library to a humidity and light controlled environment. We need to complete the renovation of the 1,600-square-foot ground floor level of the building, including all the energy efficient measures needed to protect the integrity of the collections.

Since much of the infrastructure is already in place, our contractor estimates a manageable cost of $150,000 to finish the 1,600 square feet to specifications. Each $100 donation, earmarked for a square foot of library renovation, will help create a secure new home for our books. 

Help us steward the founding literature of the new economy and create space for a new generation of economic pioneers.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Research and Outreach at the Schumacher Center's Library

Although the library is a non-lending, research collection, open by appointment, its catalog is available on-line. We hope this will lead students, educators, researchers, and activists directly to material that can then be requested at their local libraries. An extensive outreach program is currently being developed and will include annotated bibliographies on specific topics. A major portion of the outreach effort will focus on introducing young people—our future leaders—to the ideas of Fritz Schumacher. It is our hope that the library collection will contribute significantly to the growing momentum carrying us toward a more rational, just, and appropriate-scale society.

Contact the librarian at library@centerforneweconomics.org for assistance with questions in regard to the collections, archives, or in setting up an appointment to visit or do research at the Schumacher Center Library