The Giving Library

Made possible by a donation from Dr. David Marcus

After an illustrious career as Professor of Bible and Masorah at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Dr. David Marcus donated his 2,319-book library to the Institute of Biblical Culture to be disseminated as a gift to the public free-of-charge. The library contains many rare and out-of-print books and has six subject areas:


Semitic Languages

Hebrew Bible

Bible and Ancient Near East

General Bible Studies

Post-Biblical Studies

Assyriology is the first subject being given away. 
After that, the other subjects will be given away one by one.

Selected Highlights:


We had more than 200 requests in our first 48 hours. Every single Assyriology book has been assigned. Stay tuned for our next round, which will be Semitic Languages in early 2022. 

All Assyriology volumes are listed in this document 

Who can apply?

  • Any individual, group, library, or institution may apply for books. 

  • The one exception is people intending to sell books.

How does it work?

  • Request the books as you plan on using. 

  • We'll ship you the books to a USA address and send you a bill for the postage cost (see below).

  • We cannot guarantee any books. The more specific the subject area the more likely the book will be available.

  • It may take a few weeks or months for your package to arrive. 

  • Any books you receive are 100% yours to keep and enjoy.

Shipping Cost

  • Books ship within the United States via USPS Media Mail, which is a reduced rate determined by weight.

  • One book is usually $3 to $5 and four books are usually under $10. Weight prices are listed here.

  • You will be sent a shipping bill once your package is sent. 

  • We cannot ship internationally but can send books to a USA address on your behalf.

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