The Davis Library, as it is known for short, is a part of the St. John’s University School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science. Its collection of risk and insurance literature, policies, and related documents is amongst the largest in the world.
The library has a long rich history dating back to its early beginnings in 1901. Insurance executives founded the Insurance Society of New York as a means of providing a space and materials for young people entering the Insurance Industry. Throughout the years the library continued to grow and became The School of Insurance, followed by the College of Insurance. Ultimately the College of Insurance merged with St. John’s University in 2001 and was renamed the School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science. The school is now located in Manhattan’s East Village at 101 Astor Place. The library, located within the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, has continued its mission of providing material to students, faculty and researchers interested in advancing their knowledge of the insurance industry.
The library operates its own archive, it is separate from the main university archive which operates out of the St. John’s University Queens campus. The Davis Library archive holds various materials pertaining to the history of the library and school as well as numerous materials pertaining to the world of business and insurance.