Since 1914, the Jewish Public Library has been serving Montrealers’ diverse recreational, informational, educational, and cultural needs. Whether it’s a rare 16th century Bible, children’s magazines, or our computer centre, we keep past, present and future in mind with every aspect of our collections and services in 5 languages: English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian. In addition, the Library also presents numerous lectures, cultural events, and concerts year-round.
Most importantly, our staff and volunteers are always ready to help you get the most from our Library, because we know that no matter your age or background, we have something to offer you.
It happens at the Jewish Public Library
Our book collections emphasize Jewish topics such as Canadian Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel and Biblical studies. We also carry the latest fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.
Movie and music fans can find anything from the latest Hollywood blockbuster video to Shlomo Carlebach’s greatest hits CD in our vast audiovisual section.
You can read newspapers and magazines from Montreal and around the world in our bright, comfortable main floor reading area. Back issues of Judaica-oriented periodicals are kept for research and study use. Our Archives preserve the original documents of prominent Montreal Jewish personalities and institutions.
Our Children’s Library provides fun and enlightenment for beginning readers and budding scholars, including a computer area and programs for kids of all ages.