Author Archives: Seth Jordan

Temporarily closed

The Rudolf Steiner Library is temporarily closed; we hope to resume lending and research services within a few months. All materials currently checked out have been renewed.
If you need to return your books now, our mailing address is:
Rudolf Steiner Library, PO Box 800, Philmont NY 12565-0800.
Our phone number will not be in service while we are closed; you may contact the librarian at
Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to being able to serve you again soon!

Our History

This notice was in the Anthroposophical Movement in America journal, Vol 1 #4. Easter 1928. (Click on it to see a larger version)

The Library’s opening announcement 86 years ago. In that time the library has grown from 60 books to 36,000 books, pamphlets, audio and video recordings, and various other treasures. A pretty incredible history.


Gearing up!

Spine repair

Well, things are underway at the library. We’re getting all the journals ready for digitization and getting all our systems in place for cleaning and repairing the books. We’ll be replacing spines and hinges, repairing corners and whole covers, tipping in individual pages, binding pamphlets, perhaps even de-acidifying some of the most brittle, but important books. How does one do all these things?

Last weekend was our first training in the repair work and it was a real joy. Maurice, who had a book-repair business locally for a couple years, gave Judith and me a basic tutorial. Now it’s time to practice on the very worst books (the give-aways, of which we have quite a few… we’ve been weeding our collection) and also get some additional training at the Camphill Copake bookbindery. By the time we open our doors for work parties later this month, and then for work weeks this summer, we should be all ready. Hope you can join us!

– Seth

Video of the Library Move!

Here’s the video documenting the move of the library from its home of 32 years, the Carriage House in Harlemville, NY. The move was made possible by 175 hours of volunteer labor, the efforts of Judith Kiely (our interim librarian), and Seth Jordan (our transition coordinator). Our movers were the good people at Arnoff Moving & Storage & Rigging out of Albany, NY. Check it out: