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SCHM ELZER /THE NEW JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY LIBRARY
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MODERN FAC IL ITY
The new Library, which adjoins the Seminary’s old buildings,
occupies 55,000 square feet, and has a book capacity o f close to
400,000 books, and a seating capacity o f 300. The first floor is
used by the Library staff for acquisition, cataloguing and tech­
nical activities. It also provides space for a large room for sorting
and storing duplicates. Next to this room there is a bookstore for
the sale o f surplus duplicates to students and faculty. The staff
offices also include facilities for computer terminals. The next
two floors house the Library’s regular collection which is available
to the public on open shelves. This part o f the collection contains
some 100,000 books. Large desks for reference and circulation
services dominate the center o f the second floor. Around them
there are to be found the reference, bibliography and periodical
collections. On the same floor are shelved books in the fields o f
language and literature. The third floor houses the circulating,
open-shelf collection o f the Library, mainly in the areas o f
Philosophy, Religion, Bible, Rabbinics, Liturgy and History. On
both floors a variety o f types o f seating is available for the read­
ers. In two corners o f each floor there are semi-enclosed reading
rooms. Along the perimeters o f the two floors rows o f carrels for
individual study are located. In addition, lounge tables and chairs
are available on both floors, with many in the area o f the period­
ical display cases and newspaper racks. The second floor also in­
cludes office space for the public services staff as well as two large
rooms for microform and music centers. On the third floor, in an
enclosed area, space saving, high density shelving is installed for
the storage o f lesser used materials.
The top floor is reserved for the special collections. These in­
clude: manuscripts, Genizah fragments, incunabula, rare
printed books, archives, and graphic materials (prints,
photographs, Ketubbot, etc.). Readers may use these materials in
a reading room adjacent to the special collections stacks. The
stacks are equipped with the most up-to-date safety devices and
are temperature and humidity controlled. The shelving provides
space for a variety o f forms and sizes; there are map cases, scroll
cabinets, and shelves o f a diversity o f width and height for folio,
regular size and miniature books. On this floor there are also li­
brary offices, individual private studies that will be made
available, upon application, to visiting scholars, a small audito­