Under the leadership of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, our library is among the largest Christian theological libraries in the Holy Land and Middle East. Since the library’s inception in 1972, our aim has been to provide a world class library to an international community of theological scholars, and for general public use.
Over the years, the library has assembled a collection approaching 70,000 volumes, including editions of more than 400 journals. Our holdings are strong in ecumenical, interreligious, and comparative studies, as well as in Judaic and Islamic studies. We have a rich collection of ancient and patristic authors, and of the great Medieval and Reformation theologians. The library holds a considerable stock of titles in biblical studies, systematic theology, ethics, and church history, are considerable. Most of our collection is in English, French, and German, with considerable holdings in Spanish, Italian, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Books and journals are available in open stacks on three floors, all of which are served by an elevator. Patrons must use all materials in the library, with the exception of residents of Tantur, who are permitted 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. Availability permitting, it is also possible to acquire a private study room.
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. Tantur library users can also search the online catalogues of other libraries in Jerusalem and all over the world. Access the Tantur Library Catalogue
Links to other libraries in Jerusalem
Jerusalem has many institutes with libraries for theological research and studies, some of which are accessible to our resident scholars.
For biblical scholars, the École Biblique et Archéologique of the French Dominicans has large holdings in biblical studies and related fields. The Studium Biblicum Franciscanum on Via Dolorosa and the Jesuit Pontifical Biblical Institute Library are also worth visiting.
Archeologists will find rich collections at the Library of Israel Antiquities Authority, as well as the W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research. Books in German can 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 student of Jewish Studies has access to a phenomenal collection, between the National Library of Israel (located on the Givat Ram Campus of Hebrew University) with its 5 million books (searchable online), and the Mount Scopus Hebrew University Library. A good, accessible selection of Jewish literature can also be found at 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 is also home to rich collections for the study of Eastern Churches, including 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. Students of Messianic Judaism will find study resources at the Caspari Centre Library.
“An ecclesiastical community cannot exist without a library.”
- Bishop Jonathan Goodall, CofE, International Advisory Board Member