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Read and Research

The Library and Archive Reading Room in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin (opposite the museumʼs main entrance) is open to visitors at the following times:

  • Monday and Wednesday: 12 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 5 pm


Reading Room
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 560

Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 318

The following books, periodicals, documents, and other media can be researched online and viewed in the reading room: Jewish Museum Berlin Library, Leo Baeck Institute, Wiener Library.

The open access area of the library with over 20,000 books is accessible to the public. Special holdings kept in the Rare Book Library, Rare Book Depot, or Depot must be ordered in advance – they are specially marked in the catalog. Please use the registration form.

Books ordered before midday are available from 3 pm the same day and from 3 pm the following day if ordered after midday.

The archive is happy to provide information on its nearly 1,500 holdings. Please contact the archive staff to inquire about orders from the archival holdings.

Inquiries relating to individuals and families

The reading room has a media station for DVDs and videos, two reader printers for microfilm and microfiche, and a book scanner. At the computer terminals, you can search in licensed databases such as the Encyclopedia Judaica, the World Biographical Information System, or the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. For online research, we also provide our collection of links to other museums, research institutions, archives, libraries, and recommended online sources on Jewish life and Jewish studies.

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