The Bet Ha’am library’s mission is to provide a collection of information resources and programming relating to Jews, Judaism, and Israel, and to promote Jewish literacy.

The adult collection includes 2,300 volumes. The library is committed to excellence in providing materials and programming to enhance educational, religious, and social activities of the congregation. The library also establishes, collects, and maintains the congregational archives.

The handsome library room offers WiFi and serves as a welcoming gathering place for reading, studying, and contemplation for individuals, small classes and groups, and for informal get-togethers. Baskets of toys and books are available for use by small children during services.

The library’s collection serves the Bet Ha’am family. Judaica, Hebrew texts, commentaries, histories, novels, how-to-books, tapes and CDs, an extensive reference collection, and recent magazines of Jewish interest. The collection is classified under the Library of Congress classification scheme and may be accessed from a computer in the library.

The library is open whenever the building is open. A librarian is available most Thursdays during the day.

We also have a children’s library that is open whenever the building is–including during Religious School.

How to Borrow Books

Library cards are issued to congregants who wish to borrow books. There are no fines. Call us to renew a book and return books when you are finished.

How to Donate to the Library

The library collection is maintained by a volunteer committee of congregants. Potential gifts of books must be reviewed by the Library Committee; not all donations will be added to the library.

You might also want to consider making a donation to the Library Fund when celebrating a simcha (happy occasion) or remembering a loved one’s yahrtzeit. Your contribution will be used to purchase new books for the collection. Or, buy a volume from our wish list of books on Amazon under the name “Bet Ha’am.”

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