Don’t worry about rewinding!

Touro College Libraries provides access to several streaming video databases.

List of video databases available at
List of video databases available at

The videos available through the databases can be viewed online and shared with classmates, colleagues or students.  You can create playlists with clips from several different titles to help visually illustrate your point, emphasize something that was discussed in class or give a really interesting presentation!

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The TCL Time Machine: Touro’s First Library (Part 2 of 2)

Touro College quickly built a solid foundation after admitting its charter class of 35 students in 1971.  The first graduates received their diplomas in 1975, and the school continued to grow and flourish, slowly but surely.  The library was then manned by a staff of five, including Touro’s first Director of Libraries, Max Celnick, two assistant librarians, and two library aides.

spring 1976 Library Guide
A Guide to the Touro Library, 1976

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Though you were always crazy about books, you never could take home more than 5 of them because they are heavy and you are already schlepping so much other stuff with you anyway. With e-books booming these days this dire book-situation can change.  E-books can be downloaded and read not only on desktops but on many electronic devices, such as a tablet or an iPhone.  This means that you can carry hundreds of them with you anywhere. In fact now you can go crazy with e-books.

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Congratulations to David Levy

We are pleased to announce that David B. Levy, Librarian at the Lander College for Women, has recently had a paper accepted for presentation at the upcoming Association of Jewish Libraries conference on June 24, 2014. He will be speaking on “Halakha and Netiquette” during a co-presentation with Professor Neil Netanel from UCLA, who will address copyright issues from “Maimonides to Microsoft.” Dr. Levy’s paper, bibliography, and PowerPoint presentation will be published in the 2014 AJL Proceedings.

Director’s Corner

Bashe2_FotorWelcome to the Touro College Libraries’ blog.  We plan on providing the Touro community with informational tidbits and updates about our libraries.  Join us in touring the Touro College Libraries and keeping up with our happenings.

Currently, we are excited to share with you our two newest initiatives.  iPads are now available for circulation at two Touro libraries.  Midwood (Ave J) and Midtown (23rd Street) libraries have iPads for student and faculty use for 24-hour checkout.  Additionally, the library at Kew Gardens Hills has recently acquired an iPad cart containing 20 iPads for library classroom instructional use – Information Literacy on wheels.  Every indication is that it has been very well received by the students. (Check out our Facebook for more photos!)


We look forward to sharing with you other library news. Touro College Libraries will keep you updated as we work to anticipate and meet your ongoing needs for research and information.


Bashe Simon

Director of Libraries