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Shop at the Library's Gift Shop
William Wendell Razim Used Book Store!
(Located in the Lending Department)

When you are out shopping for that special someone, holiday or birthday, stop by the Main Library at the Gift Shop and William Wendell Razim Used Book Store. We have unique gifts for the entire family!

William Wendell Razim pioneered the concept of educating the public on health matters by producing and hosting Science for the People, a radio show broadcast from 1950 to 1959 on nonprofit station WEVD-AM. His decade-long efforts were all voluntary. For his contribution to the public’s understanding of science, William Wendell Razim’s biography is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2003.

And Razim’s last contribution benefits the public as well.

William Wendell Razim donated his entire library of books and recordings to the Jersey City Free Public Library. Amassed over nearly 40 years, the eclectic collection includes books on history, philosophy, and the complete works of literary greats such as Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Faulkner, as well on subjects of personal interest, such as cooking. Of course, there are books on science, many of which delve into the abilities of the mind to expand its intellectual and memory powers.

His vast collection of books, CDs, audiotapes, vinyl recordings, and VHS videotapes served as start-up inventory to stock the shelves of the now-dedicated William Wendell Razim Used Book Store.

William Wendell Razim was born in Union City, NJ on September 8, 1916, and lived most of his life in Jersey City. He is a 1942 graduate of New York University, with a post-graduate Certificate in Meteorology that was earned in 1943. Throughout his long career, Mr. Razim was a chemistry professor, as well as a technical writer and educational consultant. He also pursued avocations in botanical science and music. Razim served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945 as a Second Lieutenant. Mr. Razim was a resident of Union City at the time of his passing on December 16, 2005.

The Library Gift Shop & William Wendell Razim Used Book Store is a project of the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation. All proceeds go to the Foundation, which, in turn, provides funding for the Library’s capital improvement projects.

Your donations to the Store’s collection are welcome! If you have books, recordings, or other items in good condition you would like to donate, please contact Shane Smith at 201-547-4579.


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