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AKSLER / LIBRARY OF SPERTUS COLLEGE OF JUDAICA
the college and the library. These demands especially require
more spacious accommodations and, therefore, the college is mov-
ing into its own building in which the library will occupy four
full floors. This will allow space for the collection to more than
double its present number from 53,000 volumes to a projected
125,000 volumes.
These new facilities will provide for more extensive services to
our students, to the participants in the cooperative program, the
faculty, and the general public from the metropolitan Chicago
area. An audiovisual department will enable our users to have
access to a growing collection of microfilm material, records,
cassettes, and video-tapes. The book collection, which is in the
process of being recataloged into the Library of Congress Classi-
fication System, will be available on open stacks, making it more
accessible to the library users. Our rare books will now be kept
in a larger and specially controlled environment. This will en-
able our small collection to grow and be maintained in good
condition.
The Chicago Jewish Archives was organized in 1966 to sys-
tematically collect materials, both in published and manuscript
form, reflecting the life and history of the Illinois Jewish comÖ¾
munity, in particular that of Metropolitan Chicago. The Archives
developed slowly due to a lack of special facilities. Now housed
alongside the rare book collection, it will hopefully be able to
develop more rapidly and thus provide a research tool relating
to the contemporary history of an important Jewish community.
With all these new facilities and services, it is our hope that
The Norman Asher and Helen Asher Library will come close to
achieving our goal, which is to be among the outstanding Judaica
resource centers in the United States.