The Library of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem is among the largest Christian theological libraries in the Holy Land and Middle East. Its aim since its inception in 1972 is to be a research Library for an international community of theological scholars doing doctoral and post-doctoral work, as well as a general use library for the public. Over the years the library has assembled a collection approaching 70,000 volumes, including editions of more than 400 journals. The holdings are strong in Ecumenical, interreligious and comparitive studies, as well as in Judaic and Islamic studies. We have a rich collection of ancient and patristic authors, as well as the great Medieval and Reformation theologians. Our stocks of books in biblical studies, systematic theology, ethics and church history, are considerable. Most of our books & journals are in English, French and German, with considerable works written in Spanish, Italian and Greek. Arabic and Hebrew.
Books and journals are available in open stacks on the three floors. Elevator service is available on all floors. All materials must be used in the library itself, with the exception of residents of Tantur being allowed to check out non-reference books for the duration of their stay on campus. For resident scholars, the library is accessible 24 hours per day, with the option of acquiring a private study room, pending availability of space. The Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame have digitized and uploaded most of the Tantur Library card catalogue, with 42,000 titles now available online. You may access it by clicking here. As a result, our library users can also search the online catalogues of other libraries in Jerusalem and all over the world.
Links to other libraries in Jerusalem
Jerusalem has many institutes for theological research and studies, some of whose libraries are accessible for our resident scholars. Foremost for biblical scholars is the École Biblique et Archéologique of the French Dominicans with large holdings in biblical studies and related fields. The Studium Biblicum Franciscanum on Via Dolorosa is also worth visiting, as well as the Jesuit Pontifical Biblical Institute Library.
Archeologists can visit the large Library of Israel Antiquities Authority at the Rockefeller Museum and the Israel National Museum. as well as the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research of the American School of Oriental Research. Books in German will be found at the Deutsches Evangelisches Institut für Altertumswissenschaft des Heiligen Landes on the Mount of Olives, and at Dormition Abbey’s Library on Mount Zion..The National Library of Israel located on the Givat Ram Campus of Hebrew University with its 5 million books (searchable online) with the Mount Scopus Hebrew University Library, have a phenonemal collection to offer for the student of Jewish Studies, but a good, accessible selection of Jewish literature is found also in the Abramov Library of the Hebrew Union College. The library of the Centre d’Étude Saint-Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne specializes in the study of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. Jerusalem houses rich collections for the study of Eastern Churches, among them one of the largest Armenian libraries in the world at the Armenian Patriarchate. Other libraries of note are the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Library and the St. Anne's Library of the White Fathers. Anyone interested in Messianic Judaism will find study resources at the Caspari Centre Library.
Library Support and Donations
Over the years the Tantur Library has been supported by the French Association for Tantur Ecumenical Institute (now part of the Association Unité des Chrétiens) with books in the French language. Most recently we received the bequest of Oscar Cullman’s personal library as well as the library of the Israel-Palestine Centre for Research and Information. Tantur is very interested in other scholars and institutes who would like to consider donating their collections to Tantur's Library.
Opening hours and details:
Monday to Friday: 8.00 - 17.00
"An ecclesiastical community cannot exist without a library."
- Bishop Jonathan Goodall, CofE, International Advisory Board Member