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The Har Shalom Library includes more than 5,000 books, magazines, and media items with selections for children and adults. Visit the Har Shalom library online

The Library is located in the basement of the sanctuary building and can be accessed via the stairs located near the kitchen. The Library is open any time the synagogue is open; however, it is not regularly staffed.

Library Policies and Procedures

Check Out Procedures 

Only members of Har Shalom may check out items from the Library.

Sign and date the book card from the inside pocket and file the card according to the first initial of the author's last name in the appropriate file box (Children's or Adult) on the checkout table.    

All books are checked out on the honor system. Suggested length of time for check out is one month. Members who inadvertently lose or damage a book are responsible for the replacement cost.

Return Procedures

Items may be returned directly to the library in the box marked "return books here" or returned in the "Library" slot in the foyer by the office. Please do not replace items on the shelves. 

Card Catalog

The Card Catalog is located in the Library. Cards are color-coded: yellow for title cards and pink for author cards. Cards are notated with the location of the book in the upper right hand corner of the card. A subject catalog may be found in a notebook by the return box.

Ways to Support the Library

Donate Books 

Please be a courteous donor and only offer books in good condition. We cannot accept books with torn pages or covers, margin notes, broken or torn spines, water or other damage. Donated books will either be put into circulation or into used book sales to generate funds for the Children's and Adult Libraries.

Upon request, large donations will be book plated with the name of the donor and the English and Hebrew dates of the donation. Any book purchased by a congregant to mark an occasion or to fulfill a specific need will be book plated with the name of the donor, the English/Hebrew date, and the occasion.

Please submit suggestions for new books to update the Library's collection by contacting Judy Petersen, Library Director

Donate Funds

The Library has a limited budget and donations to the Library Fund are greatly appreciated. These donations will be used for book purchases, magazine and newspaper subscription renewals, capital improvements (shelving, magazine racks, etc.), and programming. 

Sydney Taylor Book Award Program 

This award is given by the Association of Jewish Libraries to recognize the best in current Jewish children's literature. Donations will enable us to purchase these outstanding books and improve the quality of our library. 

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