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Har Shalom Library

The Har Shalom Library includes more than 5,000 books, magazines, and media items with selections for children and adults. Visit the Har Shalom library online

The Library is located in the basement of the sanctuary building and can be accessed via the stairs located near the kitchen. The Library is open any time the synagogue is open; however, it is not regularly staffed.

Library Policies and Procedures

Checking Out a Book

Only members of Har Shalom may check out items from the Library.

To check out a book while visiting the library, sign and date the book card from the inside pocket and file the card according to the first initial of the author's last name in the appropriate file box (Children's or Adult) on the checkout table in the library.

You can also search for books using the online catalog. If you find a book you'd like to check out, email the the title and author to and you'll be notified by email when it is ready to be picked up. 

Suggested length of time for check out is one month. Members who inadvertently lose or damage a book are responsible for the replacement cost.

Returning a Book

Items may be returned directly to the library in the box marked "return books here" or returned in the "Library" slot in the foyer by the office. Please do not replace items on the shelves. 

How You Can Support the Library

Donate Funds

The Library has a limited budget and donations to the Library Fund are greatly appreciated. These donations will be used for book purchases, magazine and newspaper subscription renewals, capital improvements (shelving, magazine racks, etc.), and programming. 

Donate Books 

Please be a courteous donor and only offer recently published books in good condition. We cannot accept books published before 2020 or with torn pages or covers, margin notes, broken or torn spines, water or other damage. Donated books will either be put into circulation or into used book sales to generate funds for the Library.

Upon request, large donations will be book plated with the name of the donor and the English and Hebrew dates of the donation. Any book purchased by a congregant to mark an occasion or to fulfill a specific need will be book plated with the name of the donor, the English/Hebrew date, and the occasion.

Please submit suggestions for new books to update the Library's collection by contacting Library Director, Judy Petersen, at

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