The Cooper library forms part of a bequest to the Department of English by Clare Benedict (1870 - 1961), a US-American patron and distant relative of James Fenimore Cooper, who lived in Switzerland from 1939 until her death.
The library comprises first and secondary literature, dictionaries, journals, festschrifts, almanacs, musical scores, libretti, theatre programmes, maps, postcards etc. Its contents does not form part of the Department's library and cannot be found in the online catalogue. However, the original card index has now been made available as a searchable pdf document [PDF (1.1 MB)].
The Cooper library is not open to the public and its works cannot be borrowed but may be consulted in situ by prior arrangement with the secretaries' office.