Yom Sheini, 13 Heshvan 5779






“My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer For All Peoples”


To provide a spiritual,

cultural and educational environment inspired by the highest Reform Jewish values.

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The Ohef Sholom Temple Library was established in 1965 primarily as a service to the Temple membership and the Religious School. It also serves members of other congregations, teachers & students of area schools & colleges and the Hampton Roads community at large. The collection contains over five thousand volumes, making it the largest Judaic book collection in Hampton Roads. It has been designated the official Judaic Resource Library for the Hampton Roads Area by the Norfolk Public Library and has been the recipient of the Award of Merit from the Jewish Book Council of America.

The Temple Library Hours
Monday - Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday -  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Religious School Library for students is open anytime Sunday school is in session.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at library@ohefsholom.org or 757-625-4295.

Visit the OST Online Library Catalog

 OST Library Mission Statement

The Ohef Sholom Temple Library is one center of community life at OST, offering opportunities for people of all ages to learn, know, gather and grow. The library is a dependable source of reliable information and of challenging ideas that enlighten and enrich, and of materials in many formats that enhance leisure time and expand knowledge of Judaism, Jewish history and thought. The library encourages the love of reading and the joy of learning, with a Jewish perspective in mind, and offers the assistance people need to find, evaluate, and use electronic and print information resources that help them live successful and rewarding Jewish lives. All members of OST are well served with the recent separation of children’s resources from adult resources, so that each can focus more narrowly on their respective constituent’s needs.

Navigating the Library


The OST Library is divided into 3 main sections: Reference, Nonfiction, and Fiction.

  • The Fiction section comprises two shelves behind the circulation desk and is arranged in alphabetical order.
  • Reference items are located on three shelves in front of the circulation desk and arranged by subject headings displayed at the top of the shelves. Reference items can be reviewed in the library and are not available for checkout.
  • Nonfiction titles are the bulk of our collection comprising, the remaining library shelves beginning just after the Reference section and extending all the way around the library to the fiction section behind the circulation desk. Nonfiction books are also arranged by subject with headings at the top of each shelf. Each book also has a Dewey number placing it in this order.
  • Some oversized Nonfiction and Reference books are located under the right window shelf.


The latest periodicals are located on the tables in the seating area or in the plastic covers on the bottom shelves between the windows. Back issues of these periodicals are located in the labeled blue boxes on the shelves next to the circulation desk.

If you are ever in need of finding a specific book or subject in the OST collection, please feel free to email us at library@ohefsholom.org.