The Library Committee provides and maintains books, magazines, and study materials for Meeting. It purchases publications by and about Friends, books for inspirational reading, materials which supplement the First-Day School curriculum, and carefully selected children's books. We have several types of finding aids – both online (see below) and printed.
The library catalog can be searched on the web via this page.
All circulating books are arranged and coded below by marked bookcase sections (A-K) and within each section by shelves 1-6 with 1 being the top shelf (ex. C3 is bookcase section C, third shelf down).
Library Collection – Catalogued as of Jan 15, 2017
Children’s books are as follows:
|J2||Young Adult non-fiction|
|J3 and K3||Young Adult fiction|
|J4,5 and K4,5||Elementary school age|
|J6,7 and K6,7||Read-aloud books, arranged by author name|
The bulk of the collection is ordered by the modified Dewey decimal system, starting with section C, shelf 2 (C2) and going to I5. Specific areas of interest are:
|Topic||Call #||Shelf Location|
|Audio-visual||AV||C6 or B3|
|Religion||200-299||C2 through G2|
|Christian theology||230||C4 and C5|
|Christian devotional lit||240||C5, D2, D3|
|Christian social theology||260-269||D3 and D4|
|Quakerism||289.6||D4 through F5|
|Social action||289.6.36 and 289.6.83||"|
|Stony Run history||289.6.9753||"|
|Other religions||290-299||F5 and F6|
|Racial justice in U.S.||305.896 and 323.1196||G3 through G5|
|Peace||300-369||G2 through H2|
|Fiction||Author’s name||I4 and I5|
Pendle Hill pamphlets -- bound L3, L4 unbound L5. Unbound pamphlets may be borrowed, just leave a note giving your name and the one you borrowed. Link to Pendle Hill pamphlets.
Friends Journal – bound L1, L2, L3, for use in library only
Frends Journal Index link
Books of special interest to newcomers are catalogued as section NEW and are on the cadenza on the left side of the room, as are some other books newly added to the collection.
Special collections include the Reading Reference Room (downstairs, room 103) where books are available for reading and research, but not to be taken out of the building. These books are all marked as RRR in the catalog. Reference biographies of individuals are located in the bookcase nearest the door and are marked RRR.BIO. Followed by the first three letters of the subjects last name. On the right bottom shelf of this wall are collective biographies marked as RRR.BIO.COL.
The bookcases to the right of the window are organized as follows:
|RRR.QUA||Quaker philosophy||Top two left shelves|
|RRR.NA||Quakers in North America||Third shelf on left|
|RRR.CON||Conflict among Quakers||Fourth shelf down on left|
|RRR.WW||Quakers in Wider World||Next to bottom shelf on left|
|RRR.EUR||Quakers in Europe||Bottom shelf on left|
|RRR.EDU||Education||Top right shelf|
|RRR.BYM||BYM history||Second shelf on right|
|RRR.LOC||Baltimore including oversize||Third and bottom shelves on right|
|RRR.CIV||Racial Justice in U.S.||Fourth shelf down on right|
Other oversize are shelved on the next to bottom shelf on right