Based on the Kressel and Elkoshi Collections and augmented with primary and secondary sources including major encyclopaedias, bibliographies and dictionaries the holdings cover biblical, post-biblical and medieval periods to present times, Yiddish, Zionism and Israel. The collection contains about 35,000 volumes and a microform collection comprising over 4000 entire mansucripts and over 10,000 printed books of the major libraries in Jewish Studies. The library holds over 100 periodicals, of which 80 are current.
History and development
The basis of the library was laid in 1974, when the Centre acquired the life-time collection of the leading bibliographer of modern Hebrew literature, Getzel Kressel (1911-1986). The collection covers mainly the areas of Jewish history and Hebrew literature. A significant addition was the library of Gedalyah Elkoshi (1910-1988), which was acquired in 1991. The collection constitutes a basic and varied library in Jewish studies and Hebrew literature. The latest development was the creation of a bibliographical Centre with the assistance of the Catherine Lewis Foundation.
The strenghts of the library are 19th and 20th century Hebrew literature, bibliography, Rabbinic Literature and a microform collection containing reproductions of over 4000 entire manuscripts and over 10,000 entire printed books (in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and German) and record for over 500,000 books and manuscripts in the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Also on microform the documentation on Jewish culture in Germany,the Jewish biographical archive and the Montefiore collection of Manuscripts.
General arrangement and access regulations
There is open access to the collections, which are subdivided by language and subjects. For access policy see website of the library.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Near & Middle East and North Africa.
Languages of material
English, German, Hebrew, Yiddish.
Archaeology, History, Language, Politics and government, Religion.
Languages as linguistic focus
Collection Material and Size
Books, Manuscripts, Newspapers (includes microfilm editions).
Total size of collection
Size of collection - vernacular
Size of collection - western
15,000 western languages
The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has risen.
Content date range
1945 to present
- Concerning the Yiddish Collection a shared acquisition policy has been established in 2003 with the Taylorian Library. The Taylorian will concentrate on texts and linguistics; the Leopold Muller Memorial Library will acquire translations from the Yiddish, the history of Yiddish, and Yiddish art and theatre.
material requested by the Fellows/lecturers for the MSt. courses, Yizkor Books, Bibliography, Modern Hebrew literature in Hebrew and in translation,Trends in Modern Judaism, Periodicals on Hebrew and Jewish Studies.