Even if a visit to the archive and library is not possible at the moment, we will be happy to assist you with your research as far as possible.
The Reading Room for our Library and our Archive is located in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, opposite the museum.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Reading Room
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
To find out which books, magazines, documents and other media you may view in the Reading Room, you can search or browse our Online Library Catalog.
It is temporarily not possible to search our library's online catalog. Instead, please use the portal of the Berlin-Brandenburg library cooperation KOBV (in German) and the cooperative catalog Judaica.
The Public Stacks and Ordering
from the Depot
Our library's public stacks, with over 20,000 books, are accessible to the public. Holdings whose “Location” in their library catalog entry is listed as Rare Book Library, Rare Book Depot, or Depot must be ordered in advance. Please use the registration form on our website. Books ordered in the morning are available after 3 pm the same day; afternoon orders are filled from that time on the following day.
The Archive staff is happy to provide information on the holdings in its collection, which include bequests from nearly 1,700 individuals. Please contact the Archive staff to inquire about orders from the archival holdings. On our website, you will find more information about our Archive and the branches of the Leo Baeck Institute and the Wiener Library located there.
Technical Equipment and Databases
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 workstations, you can conduct research in digital reference sources, magazines, databases such as the Encyclopedia Judaica.
Both institutions and private individuals can sign up for databases covered by the national license of the German Research Foundation (DFG). This license gives you access in the Reading Room to:
Additional full-text databases have open online access. We have compiled various recommended links for you on our website, including lists of digitized magazines and other online resources for researching Jewish topics.
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.
Can I borrow books from the library?
We do not lend books. Our holdings can only be viewed in the Reading Room.
Can the museum help me research my family history?
You may use our in-house holdings for research purposes. We have also compiled a directory of links to research opportunities for personal and family research and genealogy.
Is there WiFi Internet access at the museum?
In the museum, you can use a hotspot provided by Deutsche Telekom for three hours a day.
How can I reach the museum by public transportation?
The museum is easy to reach by subway (U1, U6 U-Bahn lines) and by bus (M29, M41, 248).
Are there places to park near the museum?
There are places to park in the neighborhood of the museum, but we recommend taking public transportation.
Where are disabled parking spaces located?
Directly in front of the entrance of the Jewish Museum Berlin, there are two parking spaces for visitors with disabled parking permits (“Blue Badges”).
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