Sabbath Policy

Policy, 7.5
Volume 7, Library
Chapter 5, Library Sabbath Policy
Responsible Executive, Library Director
Executive Council Approval Date, March 6, 2012, May 1, 2012
Originally Issued, March 6, 2012 



The Library's primary goal is to support the mission of the University to provide quality educational programs in the fields of health care and education in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity. The Library's main user population is Touro University California (TUC) students, faculty (including adjuncts) and staff, and the Library resources should reflect this user population.


  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Policy statement:

Touro University California has always been and will continue to be closed for all business on the Jewish Sabbath and on Jewish holy days.  However, TUC does allow, on an extremely limited basis, the use of the TUC Library space on Saturdays by students as a study hall.

The Sabbath is defined as sundown on Friday night until nightfall on Saturday night.  To approximate this time frame, the Library operates in “Study Hall” mode from 30 minutes before sunset on Friday evening until 1 hour after sunset on Saturday night.  The Library’s calendar of hours, including starting and ending times for Study Hall, is reviewed by the TUC Rabbi.

When the Library operates as a Study Hall, patrons are welcome to come and utilize the Library as a study space, but no services will be available or rendered.  The Library remains staffed for safety and security reasons, but all circulation functions are suspended (no items, including reserve items, may be checked in or out, renewed, etc.).  In addition, the computer lab is closed so that printing, copying, or use of Library computers is not available during this time.

We take this opportunity to join the Touro College and University System in reiterating that Touro University California is committed to respect for, and observance of, the Jewish Sabbath.