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over its valuable collection o f nine teen th-cen tury Hebrew period­
icals to the Library. T he libraries o f Dr. Samuel Pitlik and Dr.
William Chomsky as well as the book and pamph let collection o f
the Philadelphia branch o f the H istadru t Ivrit form the founda­
tion o f the L ibrary’s substantial holdings in Hebrew language and
literature materials. More recen t gifts include: T he D. Hays Solis-
Cohen American Jewish History Collection (1978); the Rabbi
A lexander Goldstein Biblical and Rabbinic Studies Collection
(1981); and the Dr. Daniel Isaacman Education Collection (1982).
T he Library houses a comprehensive circulating collection o f
more than 40,000 volumes o f Juda ica and Hebraica. T he Library
is especially strong in the subject areas o f Medieval and Modern
Hebrew L itera ture, Jewish History, Holocaust Studies, American
Jewish L itera ture, and Jewish Education. In addition to extensive
retrospective periodicals files, the Library receives more than one
hund red cu r ren t periodicals from the United States, Israel, Great
Britain, the Soviet Union, and Latin America. English language
materials predom inate, with approximately 30 percen t o f the col­
lection in Hebrew and 10 percen t o f the collection in Yiddish.
T he Yiddish collection o f the Library is especially strong in
and literary criticism. T he acquisitions policy o f the
Library supports the cu r ren t and anticipated curricu lar and
research needs o f the College. With the planned introduc tion o f a
g radua te p rogram in Jewish education in 1983, the Library has
begun an extensive retrospective purchasing program o f mono­
graphs and periodicals in Jewish and general education.
While its primary objective is to suppo rt the program s o f the
academic departm en ts o f the College, the Library also seeks to
meet the information needs o f the Philadelphia Jewish commu­
nity. Library services ex tended to the community include: The
circulation o f materials, the delivery o f specialized reference
assistance, the provision o f consultation services to local syna­
gogue and community libraries th rough the Jewish Library Asso­
ciation o f Delaware Valley, and the sponsorship o f public p ro ­
grams and exhibits.
T he Library provides a specialized reference service for high
school students from Philadelphia area schools and from Jewish
schools specifically. Students matriculating at colleges and uni­