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various localities, bu t the proportion of public library service
not provided by the local authority, whatever shape it may
take, is becoming smaller from year to year. T he latest list of
public libraries in Israel,1 published in February 1978 by the
Libraries Section and the Center, enumerates 914 service points,
which may be broken down as follows:
Adm in is tra tive
Poin ts Served
To ta l
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Status and
Units (single
Ownership
or main branch)
Branch
L ibraries
By M ob lile
L ibraries
Service
Points
Supervised /
local authority
762
211
105
392
Non-supervised /
urban local
authority
24
61
33
118
Non-supervised /
moshav libraries3 58
_
864
144
Non-supervised /
kibbutz libraries
1775*
_ _
177
Non-supervised /
Workers’ Councils
and others
47
26
10«
83
To ta l
382
"298
234
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1
Reshima shel Sifriyot T z ibbu r iyo t be-Yisrael,
3rd ed. Jerusalem: 1978
(mimeographed).
#2
17 of these are regional libraries.
3 Many moshav libraries are today part of regional libraries, all under
the supervision of the Libraries Section. The figures here are for non-
supervised libraries only.
4 These moShavim are served by the mobile service of
Tnu ’at Ha-Moshavim ,
the coordinating body of the moshav movement. Several of the moshavim
listed also appear in some of the regional library networks, and there
seems to be some overlapping. It is highly likely that once a moshav
library becomes part of a regional library, the
Tn u ’at Ha-Moshavim
mobile service to that point is discontinued.
5 The inter-kibbutz library committee claims to be in contact with “public”
libraries in about 225 settlements. Only very few kibbutzim—ten at
most—had joined regional library networks by the end of March 1978.
Their unwillingness to do so, as well as other problems faced by kib-
butz public libraries and librarians (those providing services to the
general membership of the settlements, as distinguished from school and
special libraries on kibbutz premises) were recently discussed in “Rav-