The Jewish Studies Librarian is responsible for selection, acquisition, and processing of all materials relating to Israel in all languages. She is responsible for the selection of all materials about Jewish Studies in Western languages and in Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Ladino, and shares selection responsibility for materials in Slavic languages.
Presently, the Jewish Studies Collection consists of over 125,000 volumes and over 1,000 journal titles, in addition to manuscripts, multi-media, microform collections, and a variety of electronic resources. About 60,000 titles are in Yiddish or Hebrew, with Western, Russian, and Slavic languages comprising most of the remainder. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds the largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts in a secular research library in the US (approximately 1,500 manuscripts), as well as 29 incunabula and over 300 sixteenth century imprints. In addition to Western (i.e. English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian), Russian, and Slavic languages, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Persian are all represented in the collections.
We collect both trade and scholarly materials, including books, serials, government documents, audiovisual items, etc. Databases and primary sources are acquired as they become available.
Selection of material to be acquired is based on the following criteria: