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Semitic Collection (Judaica)

Collection Details

Semitic Collection (Judaica) held at University of Leeds Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Hebrew, both Classical and Modern, and Judaica. Also represented are works on Aramaic, Samaritan and Syriac. Materials on Palestinian archaeology and Jewish history in western languages are to be found in other sections of the Library

History and development

The collection was enhanced in its early days by generous donations. It has been built up over the past 50 years, though in the past decade there has been a decrease in the acquisition of material


Classical and Modern Hebrew literature and the field of Judaica

General arrangement and access regulations

The collection is housed in the main building of the Brotherton Library and is on open access. The collection is classified according to the Library's own classification scheme

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.



Languages of material

Aramaic, English, French, Hebrew, Samaritan Aramaic, Syriac.


Archaeology, History, Language, Literature, Religion.

Languages as linguistic focus


Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Serials.

Total size of collection

7,500 volumes 300 pamphlets 13 Periodical titles

Size of collection - vernacular

6,000 volumes in Hebrew

Size of collection - western

3,500 in western languages

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has fallen.

Annual intake

250 volumes in both Hebrew and western languages

Content date range

1600 to present

Interlibrary loan procedure

Material held on the open shelves is available for interlibrary loan.

Collection policy

There is an established Acquisitions Policy for the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, which is available upon request.

Collection Catalogue Information


Leeds University on-line public catalogue

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress

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