Publications and Libraries


The results of research and activities supported by the Center are distributed to the public in a variety of national and international magazines and newsletters.

The flagship magazines for the educated public published at the Center for Inquiry are CSI's Skeptical Inquirer and the Council for Secular Humanism's Free Inquiry (with a combined readership of nearly 100,000).

CFI also publishes the magazine The American Rationalist.

There are a variety of electronic and print newsletters: Cause & Effect, CFI's email newsletter; Skeptical Briefs, from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry; Secular Humanist Bulletin, from the Council for Secular Humanism; Campus Inquirer, the email newsletter from CFI On CampusFreethought in Action, CFI's members-only newsletter; and The Ingersoll Report, a bulletin of the Robert G. Ingersoll Memorial Committee.

CFI Libraries

At CFI's headquarters branch in Amherst, New York, three unique research libraries share a dramatic reading room, a 70,000 volume collection of books, and hundreds of periodicals, both historical and current.

The John and Mary Frantz Skeptics’ Library and the fast-growing Jo Ann Boydston Library of American Philosophical Naturalism are world-class collections in their respective areas, while the James Hervey Johnson Library of Humanism and Freethought is the foremost such collection in the world.

Holdings focus on the worldwide secular humanist and skeptic movements, archiving local group newsletters and nationally circulating magazines, in addition to the areas covered by the mission of the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism.

CFI's research libraries are electronically catalogued and accessible via the Internet and OCLC, the online network linking the catalogues of hundreds of university, college, and special libraries. The specialized collections are complemented by a general reference section. For more information, please visit