The OCC Library Chess Collection

In 2016 the library accepted an extensive collection of rare and interesting chess books that were donated in honor of Professor William Rickert. The collection is currently housed in study room 103, with more than 300 books, a dozen board games, DVD’s, plenty of table space and furniture. Several of the board games are kept in a display case, including: Hnefatafl (pronounced “”nef-ah-tah-fel””), which is a VikingĀ  strategy game with similarities to chess, 3 player Chess, and 3D Chess.


Who can use the Collection?

The Chess Collection is open to public use. Community members can utilize the book collection, media, and board games. However, checking the material out of the library can only be done with a valid, up to date, student ID card or faculty/staff ID card.

Please stop by and explore what the collection has to offer. Check with our helpful library staff to try out the board games and learn about the collection resources.

Have a Chess Book in Mind?

Search the OCC catalog for a specific title.

In the meantime, please explore some of these great chess resources!

About the Game

Chess Wikipedia entry

NY Times Chess Section

Chess News

Online Chess Sites


Chess Clubs and Groups

The Toms River Chess Club

New Jersey State Chess Federation

US Chess Federation

Updated by Chris Graham, April 2018

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