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attend ing the institution and using its facilities expanded to en ­
compass a high school, gradua te school, special language p ro ­
grams, adult education courses and a summer camp, so too has
the library expanded to meet the changing and diverse curricula
o f the various programs. As the cultural, geographic and demo­
graphic conditions o f Boston Jewry changed so did the library’s
collections and services respond to the new demands.
The library can now point with pride to its collection o f 75,000
volumes o f Juda ica and Hebraica, 400 periodicals, subscriptions
and newspapers and budding phonog raph record collection.
While the library has assiduously collected material in all fields of
Judaic study, it is particularly strong in Modern Hebrew L itera­
ture, Jewish education, Hasidism, Kabbalah, Rabbinics, Ethics,
Jewish History, Zionism and Israel. Approximately 47% of the
collection is in Hebrew, 42% in English, 5% in Yiddish, 5% in
German and 1% in French, Russian, Arabic and o ther European
and Semitic languages.
T he library o f the Hebrew College is not only the library o f an
institution bu t a cultural resource o f grea t importance to the
G reater Boston Jewish community. Its scope, uniqueness and
services make it, in reality, a Jewish Public Library of Boston.