The Reading Room at Our W. Michael Blumenthal Academy

Opening Hours, Equipment, and Other Information

View of some of the book shelves in the libabry of the Jewish Museum Berlin

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.

Opening Hours

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

Please note that the Reading Room will be closed on 31 October 2017.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Reading Room

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

Online Catalogs

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.

You can also find some of the holdings of the Leo Baeck Institute (search "Our Catalog" on www.lbi.org) and the Wiener Library (www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Collections) on our premises. Each item's entry indicates whether it is also available on microfilm in our Reading Room.

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.

Reading Room in the library, multicolored books of various sizes fill the white bookshelves

Our reading room in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy; Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Jens Ziehe

How to reach us:
Reading Room
phone: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 560

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.

How to reach us:
Archive
phone: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 318

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:

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

Retrieve full text via DFG national license

World Biographical Information System Online

(Jewish Biographical Archive)

Retrieve full text via DFG national license

Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook

(1956–1995)

Retrieve full text via DFG national license

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.

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.
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.
Unfortunately, the museum does not currently offer free WiFi. There is, however, a hotspot provided by Deutsche Telekom.
The museum is easy to reach by subway (U1, U6 U-Bahn lines) and by bus (M29, M41, 248).
There are places to park in the neighborhood of the museum, but we recommend taking public transportation.
Directly in front of the entrance of the Jewish Museum Berlin, there are two parking spaces for visitors with disabled parking permits ("Blue Badges").
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Reading Room

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