Photostory #350: World Renowned Cultural Centre: Canada's Jewish Public Library
National Film Board of Canada
November 5, 1963
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Half a mile northeast from Montreal's great cross atop Mount Royal, in the heart of Canada's largest city, stands the 50-year-old Jewish Public Library. Supported by the Jewish community with additional backing from both the Province of Quebec and the City of Montreal, the library is unique in North America and one of the finest sources of Jewish reference material in the world. Its scores of thousands of books, hundreds of current periodicals and newspapers, are a focal point of Jewish culture and lore for Canada's 255,000 Jewish citizens -- half of whom live in Montreal -- and for the learned scholars from around the globe who come to research among its literary treasures. With doors open seven days a week to cater to 12,000 multi-lingual readers a month, Montreal's Jewish Library is a valuable contribution to the nation's varied heritage, is an open storehouse of modern and ancient thought from around the world.