Canadian Studies Library Resources
Various sources of funding have been made available for the establishment and expansion of Canadiana collections at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem libraries, allowing it to become the largest Canadiana collection in Israel. During Secretary of State John Roberts visit to Israel in 1978, he donated a number of Canadian books to the Jewish National and University Library. (A unique situation exists in Israel where the national library is also a university library located at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Most of the Canadiana collection, however, has been deposited at Library for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Mount Scopus campus.) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv serving as its conduit, has continued to contribute books to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem libraries. Other Canadian visiting dignitaries have bestowed books about Canada on university libraries. In 1993, Premier of Ontario Bob Rae presented the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with thirty-two books on Canada. Often guest academics present the Halbert Centre and the university libraries with their own and other works. University of Ottawa professor and poet Seymour Mayne donated some of his own writings and supplemented the collection of Canadian Jewish writers. Through the offices of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University individual donors have contributed books and funding for expansion. The Israel Association for Canadian Studies has also presented the university library of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with books on Canada.
The Halbert Centre in partnership with the Government of Canada has expanded the Canadiana collection at the Hebrew University. In 1991/92 there were 2,140 books on Canada on the shelves of this university's libraries. As of January 1998 the collection stood at over 6,500 volumes (not including the Faculty of Agriculture Library, the Medical Library, and the Sciences Library). The libraries also subscribe to some seventy Canadian academic journals. In addition, the Hebrew University map library has also expanded its collection of Canadian atlases, maps, and satellite photographs. The library has also begun to develop a collection of videos which are used to supplement the instruction of Canadian Studies
To download a list of Canadian Studies series books at the Hebrew University Mount Scopus Library holdings, click here