I-TAL-YA Books

Revealing the rich legacy of Hebrew books in Italy

The Project

I∙TAL∙YA Books aims to create one centralised catalogue of printed Hebrew book holdings from across Italy, to be used by scholars and researchers around the world.

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Our Goal


The entire catalogue will ultimately include an estimated 35,000 volumes from 14 Jewish communities and 25 state institutions across Italy

About us

This project is a unique collaboration between The Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI), the National Central Library in Rome (BNCR) and the National Library of Israel, working together to create the unified catalogue of Hebrew printed books in Italy.

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Participant Collection

The ITALYA Books project is a collaboration of many institutions and communities, who together have enabled us to accomplish this ambitious undertaking.

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The core of the I-TAL-YA Books project is the searchable catalogue of printed books in Italy dating from the sixteenth century until approximately 1960, which is hosted by the National Central Library of Rome on their Biblioteca Digitale platform.

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