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A Research Library for Jewish Art

The DFG Project: Expanding and Indexing Our Library’s Holdings

As part of the Funding for Outstanding Research Libraries, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has supported our library project. This has made extensive expansion and indexing of our literature holdings on the visual and applied arts and the visual and material culture of Judaism possible.

Even before the project started, our library stock on these topics was relatively comprehensive. There were however numerous historically predicated gaps that we have been largely able to fill through systematic acquisition. Overall, this project has enabled us to expand our holdings by around 3,550 publications.

In the first phase of the project, we focused initially on searching for and acquiring monographs, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs. The focus of the second project phase was the addition of so-called gray literature, i.e. publications that never reached the book trade. To the collection appeal

All titles that we acquired as part of the project were cataloged according to differentiated subject classification. They are researchable in our OPAC (in German). More on our library system

Moreover we digitized 81 art publications, which are now available in full text and can be found here.
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Even after completion of the project, we are continuing to gradually expand our library collection in the area of fine and applied arts and the visual and material culture of Judaism. This collection focus of national importance aims to contribute in the long term to reestablishing the research tradition in Germany that was interrupted in 1933.

The project was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the Scientific Library Services and Information Systems program from December 2013 to February 2018.

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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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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Monika Sommerer
T +49 (0)30 259 93 564


Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9–14
10969 Berlin

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