It has been a busy autumn here at the Yale Club Library. The space has been full of people hard at work most days as members have left behind the slower summer pace. But there has still been time for reading and culture.
In the last two months, members made good use of our memberships at the Jewish Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and, of course, the Whitney and the MoMA. The “Calder: Hypermobility” exhibition at the Whitney (open until October 23) kept our corporate cards checked out much of the time, and members have been buzzing about “Modigliani Unmasked” at the Jewish Museum.
We’ve also seen a rise in the use of digital materials as more members register for our RBDigital Service, which provides access to our collection of ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. To keep up with demand, we are happy to announce that we’ve added five new magazine subscriptions to our offerings: Cook’s Illustrated, PCWorld, Bon Appetit, Vogue, and AFAR. We are have also added several new ebooks and audiobooks. Given the success of our pilot program over the last eighteen months, we’ve decided to begin purchasing at least three ebooks/audiobooks a month in addition to those requested by members.
We have also added many Books by Members to our collection since the summer; the most recent additions can be viewed in the display case in the Lobby near the coat check. Members have published books on everything from financial planning to teamwork to architecture. The breadth of knowledge and talent is striking. Our regular Books by Members collection has grown so large that we’ve had to expand beyond the two bookcases flanking the fireplace by reintegrating books more than five years old into the regular circulating collection. They are still marked and cataloged at books by members, but we needed to make room on our designated shelves for the future.
The Yale Club Library Collection is then, in a very real sense, formed by members, and filled by members, and we hope it will remain so as we head towards the holiday season.