Using the Library

HOW TO USE THE LIBRARY

To search for a book, click on “Our Collection” and you will find instructions there on how to search either by book title, author or by category.

As you walk into the adult library, the books are numbered from 100 to 999, starting from the far right, moving in a counterclockwise direction and ending with Biographies and Fiction on the far left.

The Children’s Library has Easy Books for very young readers on the left hand side of the room (both fiction and non fiction), and Juvenile Books can be found on the back wall and the right hand side of the library. There are Fiction, Biographies and Non Fiction in this section.

Please feel free to ask or email the librarian (click on “contact us”) if you have a query or suggestion.

To Check Out Books

If a librarian is not present, please either take your book to the office and have it checked out there or place a sticker next to your name in the white binder on the table in the adult library. You will be contacted during the week for information about the book you borrowed. You may borrow the book for 2 weeks and can renew it twice.

Check out books on Shabbat

You can use the new system of peeling a sticker and placing it next to your name in the white binder on the table of the adult library on Shabbat. You will be contacted by the library during the week to get information about the book. Our Rabbi feels that this is Halachically acceptable.

 

THE WEINE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

The library classification system that we are using now is called the Weine Classification Scheme for Judaic Libraries. The Dewey Decimal system, familiar to anyone who has used a school or public library, presents certain difficulties when applied to a specialized collection. The excessive subdivision required in certain numbers and the lack of provision for certain subject areas, which do not fit satisfactorily into the Dewey system, are drawbacks which librarians in the Jewish field have long struggled with.

In the early 1980′s a library science graduate student called Mae Weine, wrote her thesis on a new classification system based on the Dewey system, but with significant revisions to the fiields of religions, Jewish education and history. The number used refers only to the Jewish aspcct of the subject in question.