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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.
Includes the general collection, E. F. Schumacher's personal library, and additional individual / special collections.
Includes E. F. Schumacher's personal papers and articles, and the local currency archives.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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