Reference Library

The library of the IGdJ currently holds around 70,000 volumes. It is a scientific reference and research library, one of the largest special collections on German-Jewish history in the Federal Republic of Germany. Its focus is on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. In addition to its extensive holdings of Judaica, the library has an important collection of Hebraica and more than 900 domestic and foreign periodicals.

The library is open to everyone (please bring a valid identification document!). The entire holdings are stored in stacks and made available for use in the reading room after an order has been placed. Via the catalogs of the Hamburg State and University Library, you can find the call number you need to order from us after specifying the book title (see Campus Catalog or Catalogplus).

About 150 journals are subscribed on a continuous basis. The entire periodicals holdings are listed in the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB).

A scanner is available on site for you to make copies. If you wish to use the scanner, please bring along a USB flash drive.

Ordering books

At the reference library, a limited number of work spaces are available in the reading room from Monday to Thursday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), assigned by appointment. Appointments are made by pre-confirmed e-mail. Due to current infection tracking regulations, at this time we require your contact information.

Wearing a medical face mask is mandatory in the entire building. We disinfect surfaces and disinfectant is available. If you are experiencing cold symptoms, please DO NOT visit the library. Please note that unfortunately eating in the hallway outside the reading room and in other public areas of our building is not possible at this time.

These regulations apply until further notice; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your understanding!

Ordering materials: Beate Kuhnle, e-mail: Geschaeftszimmer[at], Phone: +49 (0)40 42838-2617

Library information: Susanne Küther, e-mail: susanne.kuether[at]