Our Library

Books, Films, and More about Jewish Art, Culture, and History

Bookshelves in our reading room

Library

Ours is a scholarly reference library holding about 65,000 items. Alongside primary sources and research literature on Jewish history, culture, art, religion, and philosophy, our library also includes historical magazines, current periodicals, and audiovisual media. You can search our holdings online in our library catalog (OPAC) and view the items in the reading room. (More information and opening hours on our website.)

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

From the First Acquisitions to the Public Museum Library

The library's beginnings date back to 1975, when the Society for a Jewish Museum in Berlin was founded as a non-profit organization. The Society exhibited its First Acquisitions and Donations for the Future Jewish Museum in Berlin in 1978. These included first editions of the translation of the Psalms (1783) and of Morning Hours (1785) by Moses Mendelssohn. One of the first major gifts to the Jewish section of the Berlin Museum came from John F. and Hertha Oppenheimer, who donated publications by the Central Association for German Citizens of Jewish Faith.

The books from the Berlin Museum's Jewish section were transferred to the Jewish Museum Berlin Library in 1999. When the permanent exhibition was opened in 2001, we were able to set up a reading room for visitors and publicize our holdings in an online catalog. Since the Library moved to the Academy building in July 2013, visitors have direct access to extensive public stacks.

Berlin Museum

This cultural-historical museum about the city existed from 1962 to 1995 and was housed in the Kollegienhaus at Lindenstraße 14, which today belongs to the Jewish Museum Berlin.

More on Wikipedia (in German)

Contact
Ulrike Sonnemann
Head Librarian
phone: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 564

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

Our Reading Room is open to the public. You can also research using our library’s holdings and some of our collection’s holdings online. To view additional holdings, please contact the responsible curators.
The contact person for photo reproductions is Valeska Wolfgram (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 433, email: v.wolfgram@jmberlin.de). Due to preparations for our new permanent exhibition, our time is very limited. We therefore ask that you please refrain from sending loan requests for the time being. For urgent inquiries, please contact Katrin Strube (tel.: +49 (0)30 259 93 417, email: k.strube@jmberlin.de).
If you would like to support the Jewish Museum Berlin and believe you possess materials that may be of interest to us, contact us!
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Special Collections (5) On Jewish Art and Culture Show all

On Jewish Art and Culture

Some of our Library’s most important collections include the volumes printed by the Soncino Society of Friends of Jewish Books (founded in 1924), the publications of the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, and special collections on Jewish art and visual culture.

The William L. Gross Collection

The 400-book collection includes Judaica, documents, and literature on Jewish art and culture.

The Ulrich von Kritter Collection

The collection comprises around sixty illustrated works of German-Jewish and Yiddish Literature (1920–1990).

The Kurt Löb Collection

The collection includes signed and unsigned works by the book illustrator, exhibition catalogs, essays by and about him, and his dissertation.

The Soncino Society Collection

With eighty Society publications from 1924 to 1937, our collection – a bequest from Hermann Meyer – is complete.

The John F. and Hertha Oppenheimer Collection

Publications of the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, other writings from the interwar period, and books published in the US after 1945

Selected Objects (2) Library Show all

Library

Discover two treasures from our Library’s collection: the medieval manuscript Sefer Sinai and the rare first edition of the essay collection Aus drei Jahrtausenden (From three millennia) by Leo Baeck.

Leo Baeck's Essay Collection From Three Millennia

There are very few copies of this book's first edition in existence because shortly after being published in 1938, it was banned.

Sefer Sinai by Abraham ben Baruch

Medieval manuscript by Abraham ben Baruch is the most valuable object in our library’s holdings. It is one of the few books from the time period that have survived.