For 100 years, the Jewish Public Library has been a celebrated fixture of the Montreal community and cultural life. The JPL promotes academic and cultural excellence in a warm and accessible space where knowledge and information are shared in multiple formats. Through our Main Library, our Children’s Library, our world renowned Archives, our Cultural Programming for adults and children, and our Multimedia Centre, we connect every demographic of our diverse community to the world…while bringing the world to our community.
The JPL is a unique fusion of a neighbourhood library and a specialized Judaica collection. At any given time, scholars, students and friendly neighbours just stopping by to read the daily newspaper, can all be found in the JPL’s warm and inviting reading, study, multimedia and reference spaces.
Our varied collection of more than 165,000 items in circulation includes the latest fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, first-run DVDs, major newspapers, magazines, and music and audiobook CDs – in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian. The JPL’s distinctive Rare Book Collection includes approximately 1200 titles dating from the late 15th century, including works on religion, history, philosophy, philology, and ethics.
Our Children’s Library provides fun and enlightenment for beginning readers and budding scholars complete with a computer area and programs for kids of all ages.
Our cultural programmes are offered in five languages and we host some of the world’s foremost authors and thinkers. Whatever your tastes may be, our lectures, films, courses, plays, book readings, genealogy workshops and more, give you countless opportunities to be informed and entertained all year round.
The JPL’s world-class Archives collection documents Montreal’s rich and diverse history and is at the forefront of web accessible materials with growing digitized collections.
Whatever you need - you can find it at the JPL.
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