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Aviv Library grew to a collection of over 800,000 books and
expanded from one library facility to a network of 17 branches.
In addition to a large children’s division and a special reference
room for youth, the library maintains a whole array of cultural
services, including exhibits, workshops and concerts. It is fully
computerized and is part of the Automated Library Expandable
Program which is used in Israel’s University libraries.
The Rambam Library, founded 1935 on the occasion of the
800th anniversary of Moses ben Maimon, is among the largest
of its kind and contains some 70,000 rabbinic-scientific books.
Beit Bialik, which was opened in 1937 on the third anniversary
of the poet’s death, comprises a library, archive and museum.
It is presently being renovated and will reopen as a research
library devoted to Bialik and his contemporaries. The Ahad
Ha’am Library was transferred to Sha’ar Zion when the home
of the Zionist thinker was razed in 1961 and contains some
32,000 volumes (as of 1986), specializing in Hebrew Literature,
Eretz-Israel Diaspora relations and works on Jewish communi­
ties the world over. The Central Library for Music and Drama
was opened in 1953 and houses several noteworthy collections,
including books, sheet music, records and cassettes.
The growth of the Tel-Aviv Library network is a result of
a century of effort which has seen the city become a center
of literary and journalistic activity. The Library has sought
throughout the years to meet both the research and popular
needs of its readers and to serve as a dynamic and innovative
cultural force. The new facilities of Sha’ar Zion — Beit Ariela,
adjacent to the Tel-Aviv Museum, compare favorably with those
of leading libraries elsewhere.
Volume 46 of the Annual continues the trilingual tradition
established by the JWB Jewish Book Council at its inception.
It offers articles on individual authors and marks a number
of important literary anniversaries. It brings also surveys of Jew­
ish literature according to country and specific subject areas.
It presents as well material of interest on various aspects of
Jewish booklore. To all the contributors who have enriched our
volume we proffer our profound thanks.
Our seven bibliographies, comprising listings of the year’s lit­