The collection includes 4,000 books, which have taken over his Connecticut home. The books will be shelved in the same order they are in his house.
“I’m 83, and I don’t have any heirs,” Roth told The New York Times. “If I had children it might be a different story. It’s not a huge library, but it’s special to me, and I wanted it preserved as it was, if only for historical interest: What was an American writer reading in the second half of the 20th century.”
The library’s trustees believe that the donation will help breathe new life into the system.