[T]he men’s collection contained: Books of adventure and travel (in the polar regions, the gold fields, the jungle, round the world); out-door books; books on animal life…; physical culture books, including hygiene and athletics; books covering practical farming, gardening, poultry raising; the self-supporting home; books of discovery and invention, including automobiles, airships, submarines; mechanical, electrical, and scientific books; patriotic and civic books, including poetry; books of heroism and chivalry; books on ethics (social, business, personal); easy books for foreigners, including primers and dictionaries; books covering practical sociology and the problems of the day; humorous books…; books suggesting social activities (magicians’ tricks, puzzles, conundrums, etc.); books on western life, including the Indian, the pioneer, the trapper, the cowboy; life in the army, navy, at West Point; books on Panama and the Canal; books covering Italian, Irish, German, and American life and character; lives of Boone, Columbus, Custer, Damien, Edison, Lincoln, Perry, Steiner, Washington, etc.; together with much attractive collective biography and history, etc., etc.
The women’s collection included: Books on sewing, dress-making, knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, and basketry; domestic economy, including cooking, serving, and waiting; books on gardening, poultry culture, the self-supporting home; books on child study and infant care; hygiene and beauty books; books on ethics; humorous books; books of romance, legend, and chivalry; books about animals; astronomy, popular science, and books on music; puzzles, charades, and other social activities, poetry; lives of Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, Empress Josephine, Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, etc.; love stories of famous people; work in the world done by women; books about New York old and new; together with books of history, general literature, collective biography, and fiction.