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450,000 books was cut off on Mount Scopus and has since been
One of the miracles of the decade has been the relative rapidity
with which this institution has managed to replace some of its
stock. The rare or scarce items on Mt. Scopus are for the most
part irreplaceable. But acquisitions since the University began
its fresh start on the Israel side of the line have to date totalled
almost 400,000 books.
To a large extent, the volumes come from collections recovered
in post-war Europe, the remnants of Jewish libraries in such
countries as Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Holland and the
American zone of Germany. Liberal gifts from friends of the
University have also been a prime factor in the restoration of the
Library to a degree approaching its former role as a primary
source for basic research material in almost all fields of human
knowledge. About 80 per cent of the new acquisitions come from
gifts, and the present rate of growth is about 40,000 books a year.
Not everything acquired so rapidly has yet been catalogued, nor
is housing at all satisfactory. The latter problem should be
solved on the new campus of the Hebrew University.
The country’s second great institution of higher learning, the
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, has Israel’s largest col­
lection of technical and scientific literature. Here serious lack of
space has militated against growth of the library, and the collec­
tion of close to 60,000 volumes has been narrowly and arbitrarily
restricted to those works for which there is present or obviously
prospective need. Overloading of the library floors in the old
Technion building on Hadar Hacarmel, Haifa, brought warnings
from the city building authorities, and part of the structure had
to be rebuilt. Much of the collection is being temporarily depart­
mentalized, but the construction soon of a central library building
on the new campus of Technion City should help to solve the
problem. This will probably make it possible for the Technion to
accept as gifts many books which are today rejected for lack of
shelf space.
The Technion also receives close to 1,000 periodicals from all
parts of the world. These deal with engineering, technology,
architecture and applied science.
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovoth, with 12,000
volumes, specializes in the exact sciences.
Among the libraries in other schools worth mentioning are: in
Jerusalem, Mizrachi Teachers Seminary (32,000); Hebrew Teach­
ers Seminary (25,000); in Tel Aviv, Herzlia Gymnasia (20,000);
in Haifa, the Reali School.