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Tuttleman Jewish Public Library

7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027

United States

215-635-7300 ext. 169

Type: Library

Web site: http://www.gratz.edu/default.aspx?p=9234

Description: The Tuttleman Library, a specialized academic library of Hebraica and Judaica, is a major national and international Judaic resource and serves as the Jewish Public Library of Greater Philadelphia.

The Library houses more than 125,000 items. This diverse collection includes books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, videos, sheet music, recordings, audio cassettes, CDs, LPs, microfilms, etc. The Library also subscribes to over 150 current Jewish and Hebrew newspapers and journals. The Library's video collection exceeds 350 titles. Major strengths of this collection are biblical studies, Jewish history, Israeli studies, Hebrew language and literature, and Jewish music. Complementing the Library's vast general collections are three special collections: the Bachman Rare Book Room, the Schreiber Jewish Music Library, and the Holocaust Oral History Archive.

The Bachman Rare Book Collection contains 400 Judaic works dating from the 16th century through the middle of the 19th century. Such works include limited editions, facsimile editions of rare books, manuscripts, valuable art books, archival materials, and a Haggadah collection of more than 400 items. The Bachman Rare Book Room is open by appointment.

The Holocaust Oral History Archive, established in 1979 by the late Professor Nora Levin, collects and preserves the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, liberators, and other eyewitnesses. Encompassing more than 800 audio taped testimonies, the Archive, which contains interviews unavailable elsewhere, is one of the first such archives established in the United States. The Archive is open by appointment to scholars, educators, and researchers seeking first-person accounts of the Holocaust experience.

The Schreiber Jewish Music Library is housed in the Weiss Music Library Center. With holdings of more than 20,000 items, this Library, centered around the Eric Mandell collection, is among the most extensive of its kind in the United States. The Library consists of books, scores, records, tapes, and CDs in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. The material, which also includes the Kutler Jewish Instrumental Collection, runs the entire gamut of cantorial, folk, art, Klezmer, theatrical, comedic, dramatic, vocal and instrumental music in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, and other languages. Two listening rooms are available for the public.

Committed to preserving the Judaic cultural heritage and making its resources available, the Library's materials and facilities are open to the public. The spacious Elsie and William Chomsky Reading Room accommodates the Theodore H. and Lea Cook Reference Collection, current newspapers, and journals. Professional librarians are available to assist readers with all Judaic research questions. To ensure access to students, scholars, researchers, and the public worldwide, Library holdings are entered into the catalogs of the national cataloging database hours, and programs, are listed on the Internet on the library's web pages. Additional services provided include inter-library loan and access to the Internet.

The Tuttleman Library continues to grow through a planned program of purchases and the generous support of Edna and Stanley Tuttleman, and other friends of the Library. The Theodore H. and Leah Cook Endowed Fund for Reference Acquisitions, the Sidney and Evelyn Isserman Library Acquisition Fund and the Al Bloom Library Acquisition Memorial Fund support the purchase of new books. Cecile and Stanley Greenberg have generously contributed new books to the collection. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture has provided a grant for the preservation of books housed in the Rare Book Room and The Millie and Murray Fisher Library Program Endowment has provided for children's programs. Over the years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Leonard Levitt Memorial Judaica Fund and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation have provided funds for the acquisition of materials, equipment purchases, and modernization of services.

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