During 2011, the Ghermezian family greatly enhanced the Kollel's library by dedicating a hard drive with the famed Otzar HaChochma library. This is the only Otzar HaChochma library available for public use in the state of Texas!
Otzar HaHochma is the world's largest digital library, containing more than 71,000 Judaic books, scanned page after page in their original format.
The compilation and scanning of the Jewish books began in Jerusalem eight years ago by Ohr HaHochma Ltd publishing house. The efforts of a first-rate team of Jewish studies scholars and premier IT-Professionals turned Otzar HaHochma into a world-renowned brand. Otzar HaHochma continuously expands its collection and approximately 5,000 new titles are added annually.
Otzar HaHochma is the most comprehensive computerized library of its kind encompassing all realms of Judaism from ancient times to the modern period. The highlight of Otzar HaHochma is its sophisticated search engine, based on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) with a very high precision rate, which allows maximum accessibility to the content of the books simply by typing a word or sequence of words.
Otzar HaHochma adheres to the relevant publication rights. First and rare editions were included in accordance with applicable copyright laws and new works were added with the permission of relevant authors and publishers.
Otzar HaHochma's serves a wide range of users - from individuals, talmidei chachamim and Judaic researchers to institutions, including yeshivot, Jewish seminars, kollelim, batei hora'ah, Jewish schools of all streams, libraries of theology and universities throughout the world. There are those who have described Otzar HaHochma as the biggest revolution since the printing press.
The digital library includes scanned books in their original format. When they saw a need in the market, they also included different editions of the same book, such as multiple editions of the Talmud (Soncino, Munich, Venice, Vilna, as well as new editions such as Vagshal and Oz VeHadar), first editions and more.