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Our Library

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

Our library is a scholarly reference library holding about 70,000 items. Alongside primary sources and research literature on Jewish history, culture, art, religion, and philosophy, the 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.)

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Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

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.

Judaica-Portal

The inventory of our library is also represented in the Judaica-Portal Berlin-Brandenburg.
Research in the Judaica-Portal

Zeitschriftendaten­bank (ZDB)

You can also find our periodicals in the ZDB, a comprehensive research tool for magazines, newspapers, and databases in German and Austrian libraries.
Research in the ZDB

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Workstations in the reading room of the archive and library; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Roman März

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.

Our library holdings are growing constantly. For example, within the framework of a grant from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), between December 2013 and February 2018, we were able to expand our collections related to Jewish art by 3,550 publications. More about the DFG project

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)

AG Jüdische Sammlungen

Our museum regularly takes part in the conventions of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Jüdische Sammlungen.
juedische-sammlungen.de (in German)

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB)

Our digitized publications are accessible via the DDB.
deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de (in German)

Contact

Ulrike Sonnemann
Head Librarian
T +49 (0)30 259 93 564
u.sonnemann@jmberlin.de

Address

Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

How can I conduct research using the museum’s archive, collections, and library?

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.

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Can I borrow books from the library?

We do not lend books. Our holdings can only be viewed in the Reading Room.

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I would like to depict or borrow an object from your collections. Who should I contact?

Your contact for photo permissions is Valeska Wolfgram (T +49 (0)30 259 93 433, email: fotodoku@jmberlin.de). Loan requests must be made at least six months in advance. For questions regarding administrative processes, please contact Katrin Strube (T +49 (0)30 259 93 417, email: k.strube@jmberlin.de).

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How can I donate objects, photographs, and documents to the museum?

If you would like to support the Jewish Museum Berlin and believe you possess materials that may be of interest to us, contact us!

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