Our collection emphasizes learning and discovery, civic engagement, library science and history, the book arts, and culturally diverse niche interests.
We welcome requests for new books from our members. Please email, phone, or visit to speak with our staff or volunteers.
Online Catalog: LibraryThing
The Institute Library aims to build and maintain an excellent circulating library of fiction (literary, mystery and suspense fiction); non-fiction, (subjects of interest to our members), non-fiction (which contributes to knowledge of fiction-writing and/or the creative narrative experience); and reference materials (librarianship, and New Haven and Connecticut directories). To read our full Collection Policy, click here.
Gifts are treated as new acquisitions and evaluated by quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the Institute Library. Special libraries have specific needs that frequently exclude items people wish to donate, such as standard editions of classic works, which usually duplicate holdings; textbooks, which become outdated; books printed on paper too brittle to make them usable; and materials in formats not collected by the Library (such as audio-books). We do however, welcome records for our Listening Room. To read our full Gift Policy, click here.