The libray has a fine collection of Hebrew printed books, ranging from rare early prints to the most recent scholarly publications from Israel. Its focus is on all aspects of Judaism and Jewish history and culture, and it includes material in Hebrew, as well as in Aramaic and in Yiddish. Altogether, the number of Hebrew books is in excess of 25000 volumes.
History and development
The first Hebrew printed books came into the library soon after its foundation. The collection then expanded through purchase and donations. For a detailed histoy of the library's Hebrew collection, see the preface to Reif's catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library.
The Hebrew collection is particularly strong in early printed editions and translations of Jewish texts, Liturgy, Haggadot, Anglo-Judaica and Festschriften.
General arrangement and access regulations
Hebrew books are currently shelved on the fifth floor of the North Wing in classes 816 to 818. Rare and valuable books have been withdrawn to closed access, and may be consulted only in the reading rooms. The usual library rules on access apply.