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New Literature Journals

We have been busy buying new books and journals for the Library. Many thanks for all of the suggestions and recommendations from our readers. IMG_2069

We have bought the back catalogue of  הליקון Helicon anthological journal of contemporary poetry and משיב הרוח Mashiv ha-ruaḥ. We will continue to receive these two journals as more issues are published.IMG_2068

We have also bought an online subscription to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Edited by: Geoffrey Khan
Associate editors: Shmuel Bolozky, Steven Fassberg, Gary A. Rendsburg, Aaron D. Rubin, Ora R. Schwarzwald, Tamar Zewi.

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

You can access the  Encyclopaedia via SOLO using your Single Sign On.

We display our latest acquisitions in the cabinet in the library foyer, and update this weekly. Remember to check regularly to see the newest additions to the Library!


‘Books as Holocaust Survivors: Highlights from the Dutch-Jewish Coppenhagen Rare Books Collection’ – Talks and Showcase

Venue: Leopold Muller Memorial Library, Clarendon Institute, Walton Street, OX1 2HG
Date: 6 May, Wednesday
Time: 2pm

What promisescopp_exlibris013 to be a fascinating visit for 2nd week will be on Wednesday 6th May to the Coppenhagen Collection (yes, the spelling is right!) in the Leopold Muller Memorial Library where our hosts will be Dr César Merchán-Hamann and Milena Zeidler.
The Coppenhagen Collection, formed by three generations of the Coppenhagen family collectors beginning in the mid-19th century, contains an outstanding selection of seventeenth-century Hebrew and Jewish books printed in the Netherlands, in places such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht and Franeker. There are a large number of Hebrew Bibles (most of the Amsterdam prints are there), Hebrew grammars and dictionaries by Christian Hebraists and Jews (such as Johannes Buxtorf, Johannes Drusius, Johannes Leusden and Elijah Levita), works by Christian Hebraists on Jewish religion and ethnography, many of the works of Menasseh ben Israel and virtually all the publications from his printing house.
The collection also contains many rare items printed in the Netherlands during the German occupation, as well as ephemera produced by numerous small Dutch-Jewish communities which no longer exist.  The Coppenhagen Collection survived the Holocaust. Scattered and in hiding in the homes of non-Jews and basements of old public buildings, a large part of it was saved, with the help of the Dutch resistance. After the war, many items which had fallen into the hands of the Nazis were recovered. The Collection offers an intimate panorama of Jewish life in the Netherlands for over three and a half centuries.


Once Upon a Time…

Are you learning hebrew? Do you enjoy a good story? The Library has a collection of Children’s Literature in Hebrew, the basis of which came from the Kressel Collection. These books can be a fun way to practise reading Hebrew, and often they include the vowel pointing too.

Children giraffe

The collection includes books that were published a generation ago as well as recent publications.

children animals   children past

There are translations of classic Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales into Hebrew, as well as original Hebrew fiction.

children red riding     children hansel and G


children nursery rhymes

There is fiction and non-fiction, young-adult novels and versions of biblical texts.

children YA fictionchildren genesis









The Akedah

The Akedah


children colourful

children gan gani

We even have a few board books!

We even have a few board books!

Donation of Domy Reiter-Soffer prints

The well-known Israeli artist Domy Reiter-Soffer’s Genesis Portfolio, consisting of prints on the landscape of Israel, has been given to the Bodleian Library, thanks to the generosity of Lord and Lady Marks.

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Mr Reiter-Soffer presented the portfolio to the Bodleian in person, and it was received by the Head of the Bodleian Libraries’ Oriental Section, Gillian Evison and by the Curator for Hebrew and Judaica, César Merchán-Hamann. Julia Wagner and Anne Lawrence, Deputy Superintendents of the new Weston Library’s reading rooms, are shown admiring the prints. Each print represents a different landscape, distilling its essence and capturing the richness of its colours and history. The Bodleian Library joins the likes of the Library of Congress and the British Library who also hold copies of the portfolio. We are lucky to have them.

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Growing modern Hebrew literature collection

Our Library keeps up-to-date with the Israeli publishing market, purchasing extensive selections of modern Hebrew literature: prose and poetry, as well as literary criticism (in Hebrew language). There is a possibility we have the book you are looking for, and if not – we are happy to consider purchasing it. Just get in touch!