Austen Fox Riggs Library’s Catalog Now Searchable Online
by Gregory Farr, MLIS
The Austen Fox Riggs Library is pleased to announce its most recent offering to its patron community and beyond: public online access to its electronic library catalog! As the first dynamic component of the new library page on the Austen Riggs Center website, this online library catalog supports title, author, subject and keyword searches of current library holdings and provides supplementary information concerning item location and checkout availability.
In an effort to fulfill the library’s central mission: to make available and create access to knowledge-based information related to the mental health field in support of effective education, research and reference services for its institutional and affiliate community, we hope this new online catalog will facilitate use of this unique library and its various information resources.
The Austen Riggs Center has continually maintained a professional library for institutional and affiliate community use for eighty years, first developing a library for staff and researchers in May 1936 at the Knoll (the Stockbridge residence of Austen Riggs). In line with its early expansion, the library first moved to Purinton House in 1946 and officially became known as the Austen Fox Riggs Library in 1947. The library again moved in 1951 to its present location, occupying the entire second floor of the east wing of the Medical Office Building (MOB). Currently the Center’s library holds 18,000+ items, including monographs, journal periodicals, reference materials, historic manuscripts, audio/video resources and other special collections and archives. The library, by design, has developed one of the most outstanding collections of historic and contemporary psychoanalytic literature in the United States. In addition, its current ongoing acquisitions continue to build its holdings and further develop its other significant collections pertaining to a wide range of topics including psychotherapy, psychiatry and psychology, culture and society, social work, nursing and child and adolescence studies. Now, with the library’s new online catalog, another important progressive step has been made to both preserve and provide access to this special library … please have a look, explore the catalog and come visit the library!