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Your favorite libraries
The Biblicum's Library in Jerusalem
THE LIBRARY OF THE PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE-JERUSALEM
The Pontifical Biblical Institute that is based in Rome has a branch in Jerusalem since 1927, a house that is located just outside walls of the Old City. It is a center at the service of the professors and students of the school in Rome. It also serves as a residence or point of reference for their studies in other parts of the Holy Land. One of its important features is the library.
Since this center hosts the Biblicum students who go to the Hebrew University for a semester for a more intensive contact with the Hebrew language and Biblical history and archaeology or to the Franciscan school for a month of intense archaeological studies, the books in this library are heavy on these disciplines. We find the usual materials for Biblical scholars--lexicons, dictionaries and concordances. The library has copies of the Targums and books on the history and archaeology of Palestine and the Transjordan.
This library is among my favorites because it is one of the very few libraries where I was able to work literally whole days and nights. That was in the winter semester of 2012-2013 and I was staying in the building that housed the library.
Two of the photos (including the main photo) in this report present the main building of the Biblicum in Jerusalem. The library is located at the eastern part of the building and is right beside the museum.