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The Herman and Rose Fisher Library

Welcome!

The Herman and Rose Fisher Library is home to thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals encompassing Jewish fiction and non-fiction for children, teens, and adults.


To Fisher Library patrons and all those who love Jewish media:

We are a small but devoted community, and your library is here for you.

From the moment our synagogues closed their doors in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, those involved with Fisher Library were searching for ways through the library to make social distancing a little less onerous. Finally, our new online catalog is available here.

CURBSIDE CHECKOUT

Anyone can search the catalog for books, DVDs, and CDs and even add selections to a book bin for further reference.

If you are a library member (contact the library if you’d like to become one), sign in at the top right with first and last name (no spaces) and with a pin if you have one. After login, you can check circulation status, renew items or reserve them for curbside checkout.

Within a few days after reserving items, you will receive a notification that they are ready for pickup, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. You will find your reserved items on a table just inside the synagogue’s outer door. Items can be returned the same way.

Here is a list of e-resources with extensive Jewish content that we hope will fill the gap. Stay safe and healthy.

BOOKS:
Kalamazoo Public Library
Portage District Library
Internet Archive
Kar-Ben Publishing
Jewish Book Council

PERIODICALS (a small sampling):
Moment Magazine
Detroit Jewish News
Commentary Magazine
Hadassah Magazine
Jewish Currents
Jerusalem Post


Who may use the Library?

  • Any child or adult affiliated with the Congregation of Moses, Temple B’nai Israel, Temple Beth El (Battle Creek), or the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Kalamazoo Community Jewish School (MROKCJS) may have full use of the Library without restriction.
  • Those not affiliated with an area synagogue or MROKCJS will be asked to pay a nominal annual fee for borrowing privileges. (See our Circulation Policy here)

How to use the Library

All new members will be added to the Library database. (See our Circulation Policy here)

  • If Library is staffed: Bring item(s) to desk to be checked out.
  • If Library is unstaffed on a non-holiday weekday: write your name, title of item, and checkout date on clipboard on desk.
  • For Shabbat and holiday checkout, use the card system found on the front round table. (See our Shabbat & holiday checkout procedure)

Special Programs – Dates to be Announced

  • Story Time and Text Discussion – Sunday mornings during religious school
  • Author Series – Fall or Spring programs focusing on locally or nationally known Jewish authors, open to the public.
  • Annual Used Book Sale – Gently-used (and often new) items, proceeds of which go directly to fund new library acquisitions.