Monographs: 1900 items, of which 200 are in Hebrew. The majority of the stock derives from the old Oriental Section and is not catalogued online. Periodicals: 12 theological journals on specifically Jewish subjects, of which 6 are current.
History and development
The Jewish studies collections of Durham University Library have been built up over the same time span as the rest of the collections and the current level of accessions, though steady, is low. However, the Library is shortly expecting to receive a donation of several hundred volumes of Jewish Studies material, which will strengthen our holdings in this field considerably.
The library's collection of works on Judaism is very strong in general works, with over 600 volumes. There are 400 works of Rabbinic Literature, all held in the ex-Oriental sequences and unfortunately not yet accessible online. 250 items on the sources of Judaism are held, including much material on Talmudic Literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls. There are lesser but still significant holdings of works on Doctrinal & Moral Theology and Jewish sects and movements.
General arrangement and access regulations
The Jewish studies collections of Durham University Library are split between: 1) A sequence of older material, formerly held in the library's Oriental Section before its closure in 1987, classified in the Library of Congress classification scheme and not catalogued online. 2) Post-1987 material and older material reclassified into Dewey and catalogued online, shelved as part of the main book sequence. Most of the stock on Judaism is on open access (a minority is in store) and items in all languages in the collection are shelved together.