The Jewish Public Library (JPL) remains unique among Montreal’s – and the world’s – Jewish institutions. A full service lending and research library containing North America’s largest circulating Judaica collection, we are an internationally-recognized resource while also meeting the informational, educational and recreational needs of Jewish Montrealers of all ages and backgrounds.
Our Main Library holds over 150,000 items in our five official languages; our 30,000-item Children’s Library also offers many activities for children up to 14 years of age; and our Archives help preserve and honour Canada’s Jewish history for generations to come. We are also a key provider of adult cultural and educational programming for our community.
Our circulating collections serve the casual browser and focused scholar alike. While our general and popular interest items run the gamut from bestselling novels to first-run films on DVD, the majority of our holdings – Judaica – is comparable in scope to those of major academic institutions. In both instances, we have materials in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian.