Our Library

Books, Films, and More about Jewish Art, Culture, and History

Bookshelves in our reading room

Library

Ours is a scholarly reference library holding about 65,000 items. Alongside primary sources and research literature on Jewish history, culture, art, religion, and philosophy, our library also includes historical magazines, current periodicals, and audiovisual media. You can search our holdings online in our library catalog (OPAC) and view the items in the reading room. (More information and opening hours on our website.)

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

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

From the First Acquisitions to the Public Museum Library

The library's beginnings date back to 1975, when the Society for a Jewish Museum in Berlin was founded as a non-profit organization. The Society exhibited its First Acquisitions and Donations for the Future Jewish Museum in Berlin in 1978. These included first editions of the translation of the Psalms (1783) and of Morning Hours (1785) by Moses Mendelssohn. One of the first major gifts to the Jewish section of the Berlin Museum came from John F. and Hertha Oppenheimer, who donated publications by the Central Association for German Citizens of Jewish Faith.

The books from the Berlin Museum's Jewish section were transferred to the Jewish Museum Berlin Library in 1999. When the permanent exhibition was opened in 2001, we were able to set up a reading room for visitors and publicize our holdings in an online catalog. Since the Library moved to the Academy building in July 2013, visitors have direct access to extensive public stacks.

Contact
Ulrike Sonnemann
Head Librarian
phone: 
+49 (0)30 259 93 564
Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

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

(2) Selected Objects from the Library Alle anzeigen

Selected Objects from the Library

Leo Baeck's Essay Collection From Three Millennia

There are very few copies of this book's first edition in existence because shortly after being published in 1938, it was banned.

Sefer Sinai by Abraham ben Baruch

Medieval manuscript by Abraham ben Baruch is the most valuable object in our library’s holdings. It is one of the few books from the time period that have survived.