About the project

The municipality began a mobile library program in 1961, before the development of permanent public libraries in the city. The Jerusalem Foundation began supporting this effort in 1968, when it purchased its first mobile library, and has continued to purchase and equip mobile libraries over the years to reach new and outlying neighborhoods without public library facilities. In 1979, the Foundation purchased and equipped three book mobiles each containing 3,000 books that visited 25 neighborhoods. In 1986, it bought a van especially suited to reach neighborhoods where the topography made access difficult. Some mobile libraries provide Hebrew books, others Arabic,and some have provided cultural programs, screened films and lent toys.

The donors

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