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U n til about 1932, when David Simonsen’s collection was in ­
corporated, all Hebraica and Judaica were catalogued and placed
in the subject catalogues of the Royal Library according to
where the individual book fitted into the general system in use.
Starting in the 1930’s, however, and specifically in 1945, a special
Jewish Department of the Royal Library was established. I t
embraces all Hebraica and Judaica acquired since 1932 in addi­
tion to the aforementioned “Eibeschiitz Collection,” with the
exception of books which can be described as Judeo-Danica.
All Hebraica and Judaica p rin ted w ithin the borders of the
old Danish Monarchy (including Schleswig and Holstein) as
well as Hebraica and Judaica p rin ted abroad bu t re la ting to
Denmark, are catalogued and placed in the Danish National De­
partment of the Royal Library. Thus, this library is one of the
few public libraries in the world with a special department where
all sorts of Judaic books, and not merely Hebraica, are kept
together in a special catalogue and in special rooms, and are
handled by an expert staff.
T h e catalogue of the Jewish Department is at present subject
to revision. I t is planned gradually to create a catalogue com­
prising the whole Hebraica and Judaica in the Royal Library.
Each catalogue card is produced in several copies, partly for the
library’s own purposes, and partly later to provide other libraries
with a set of cards.
Central Information Center
Th is is done also because the Jewish Department is acting as
the Central Bureau and Information Center of the “Association
of Libraries of Judaica and Hebraica in Europe,” founded in
1955. Its purpose is to give information on bibliographical
matters, to trace requested books, and to encourage cataloguing
in other libraries with a view to creating a common catalogue of
Hebraica and Judaica in European libraries. Part of this work is
done through a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material
Claims Against Germany.
T h e scarcity of suitable and trained personnel is a disturbing
problem. In cooperation with the Royal School of Librarianship
in Copenhagen, training courses in Jewish librarianship are
being arranged by the Association and are held at the Jewish
Department of the Royal Library. In addition, lectures and
seminars in Jewish studies are being given in the University of
Copenhagen in close connection with the Jewish Department.
Admittance to the library is free. Books are lent to users on
liberal conditions, and are also sent on loan to libraries abroad.
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