Library Facilities

BEL AND JACK M. OSTROW LIBRARY

The Ostrow Library is designed to meet the needs of the University’s faculty and students, as well as scholars conducting research in all fields of Jewish culture and civilization.

With approximately 120,000 volumes, the library’s collection has grown consistently thanks to endowments, gifts of major private collections and an ongoing acquisition program. Its holdings include:

  • Collections in Anglo-Jewish literature, Bible, Business administration, Education, Hebrew literature, Israel and Zionism, Jewish history and archaeology, the Middle East, Philosophy, Rabbinic literature, Social Science, Theology, and Yiddish;
  • The Gindi Microfilm Collection, which contains the manuscript collection of the Jewish Theological Seminary; Ha’aretz, Israel’s major newspaper from 1919-1970; The Palestine Post and Jerusalem Post, and issues of the London Jewish Chronicle between 1841 and 1982;
  • All dissertations on Jewish subjects that have been published in the United States;
  • The Maslan Bible Collection, containing more than 4,500 Bibles from as early as the 16th century;
  • The Milken Liberal Arts Collection, comprised of acquisitions in the arts and humanities designed to serve the needs of the College of Arts and Sciences, the MBA and the M.A.Ed. programs. The library also contains a periodical department of 6,000 bound periodicals, reflecting every curricular area of the University. A collection of 15,000 pamphlets is topically separated and available in vertical files.

The Ostrow Library is scheduled to undergo a renovation. It will be housed in its current site, with some expansion and a complete physical and technological makeover. Construction will begin next year.

In addition, a gift from the Ahmanson Foundation enabled the library to computerize its card catalogue system and to complete other high-tech enhancements, including a search mechanism in Hebrew as well as in English. Students and faculty can search for books and records on the library’s online catalog in both English and Hebrew. They can also peruse many databases located on the library’s website.

THE DOCUMENTATION CENTER

The Documentation Center houses the University’s archival collection of more than 1.5 million topically arranged articles. This invaluable resource is used by students and scholars throughout Southern California. The center contains material on a wide variety of subjects, such as contemporary Jewish issues, Israel, the Middle East, Diaspora communities and international affairs, with particular depth in the areas of Israel and the Middle East. A project is underway to make these materials more accessible via computer, in support of the University’s Center for Israel Studies.

Bel & Jack M. Ostrow Library