Temple Israel's Denmark Library is alive & well. Please drop by the next time you are at Temple. You can borrow books from the Main Library and the Children's Library. We run on the honor system, so remember to print your name and phone number on the card in the back of your book and place the card in the box on the cart in the Library Office.  Please return your books to the library when you have finished reading them. 

The Library Online Catalog is referred to as the OPAC, the Online Public Access Catalog.   Below is a simple text input box with a "Search Catalog" button. When you type something in the box and click the button, the OPAC will open in a new window or tab showing the search results.  You can narrow your search by choosing All, Author, Title, Subject, or Series Title.
 
    
You will see the Dewey call number for the book you want. The book stacks in the Main Library are arranged numerically from 000 to 900. There are also sections for Fiction (FIC) and Biographies (BIO) arranged alphabetically by the author or the subject of the biography.  Signs at the ends of the ranges tell you what Dewey numbers are in each row of bookcases. This makes it easier to browse the shelves.
  
The Children's Library is outside the Rabbi's Office. Books are arranged by holidays or by author for non-holiday books.  That library has its own box for the cards you fill out when you borrow a book.
 
Note About Donations:
Our Library's growth has depended on our members' generosity in donating both funds and books in excellent condition. A donation from Sisterhood paid for the bookcases in our current library.
 
Our Temple Library contains only books with Jewish subjects or by Jewish authors. But we won’t be able to accept any more donations for a while because we have run out of room to store the books until they are processed and ready to be shelved in the collection. So please do not try to drop off a box of books before you give us a call or send a photo of the books to the Temple.

 

The Early History of the Temple Library:

From Synagogue in the Central City: Temple Israel of Greater Miami 1922 - 1972
by Charlton W. Tebeau, University of Miami Press,  c1972.

    “The library is one of the prized features of the Temple program. In its modern form it originated  in 1944 when Reba Engler (Mrs. Leonard) Epstein pledged an initial $500 as a memorial to her husband who had  recently died during his term as president of the congregation.  At the time the library consisted of a few books in a broom closet under a stairway in Kaplan Hall.  It then became the Leonard Epstein Memorial Library with two rooms assigned to it and a Library Board to administer it. It is now usually referred to as the Temple Israel Library, but a plaque beneath a photo of Leonard Epstein stated that it was dedicated to him. Contributions soon provided chairs, tables, and shelving, and President Max Orovitz reported in May 1945 that physical arrangements for the library were ready.