The Temple Beth Or Library was named in honor of Rabbi Eugene Blachschleger and his wife Berniece. Rabbi Blachschleger served Temple Beth Or from 1933 until his untimely death in 1965. Berniece remained an active member of the Temple until her death in 1975, having served as president of the Sisterhood and a member of the choir.
The Blachschleger Library serves the general reading and scholarly/educational interests of the congregation, as well as the needs of the religion school. It holds a collection of approximately 2,500 volumes and includes books, magazines, newspapers, films and musical recordings. The book collection includes both fiction and non-fiction; circulating and reference; adult, young adult and children’s resources. A guest computer termal is available for complimentary access to the Internet, and includes the library's catalogue.
Among the items in the collection are the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, a collection of over 40 music CDs that cover the depth and breadth of American Jewish music; both the 1971 (1st) and 2007 (2nd) editions of the Encyclopaedia Judaica; and such periodicals as The International Jerusalem Post, Deep South Jewish Voice, Forward, Jewish Women, Reform Judaism, Moment, The Jerusalem Report, and Tikkun.
The Library received accreditation from the Association of Jewish Libraries in 2005.
Eric A. Kidwell lends his professional expertise to the Blachschleger Library of Temple Beth Or. Mr. Kidwell holds the terminal academic degree in the field of library science. The Library uses the Elazar Classification System, designed specifically to meet the cataloguing and classification needs of Judaic libraries. The Library’s online catalogue utilizes the Surpass software.
The Library is open during regular weekday temple hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.