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Hebrew & Jewish studies

The Hebrew & Jewish Studies collection covers all aspects of Jewish history, languages, literature and culture.

Book collections

Hebrew & Jewish studies reading room

The Hebrew & Jewish Studies collection is on the 2nd floor of the Main Library. Other relevant collections in the Main Library are:

  • History (2nd floor) for history of the Jews worldwide
  • Ancient History (1st floor) for history of the Jews in the ancient world
  • Classics (1st floor) for Judaism in Greek and Roman literature and culture
  • Philosophy (1st floor) for Jewish philosophers

Other useful UCL libraries are:

The shelfmark in Explore gives the book's location. We have our own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves. The Hebrew & Jewish Studies collection is divided into HEBREW and YIDDISH. The HEBREW sequence is in the Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room with the YIDDISH sequence in the adjacent corridor There are copies of the classification system in the reading room and outlines for Hebrew and Yiddish are available.

The shelfmark for a book generally consists of a subject followed by letters and numbers; e.g. HEBREW A 80 GAR for a book on modern Jewish history or YIDDISH C 200 SHO for a book by Sholem Aleichem.

Some books are not kept in the library and need to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

Use Explore to find individual e-books as well as print books. There are also various e-book collections.

Roman letters are used for Hebrew script in Explore using the Library of Congress system. Records added since 2009 also include the original Hebrew. You can search Explore on the web using Hebrew characters, but it is not yet possible to do this on the Explore Access Points in the library.

For more help see the guide to finding books.

Journal collections

Print journals are at the end of the HEBREW and YIDDISH book sequences. Recent issues are on display racks. The pre-2000 volumes of most journals are not kept in the library and need to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

A large number of journals are available electronically to registered members of UCL. Search for titles using Explore, selecting 'Journal titles' from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, view a list of electronic journals and link through to the journals from here. Non-UCL users can access most journal titles from the Explore Access Points in the library.

Humanities Periodicals (Main Library, 1st floor) is a collection of multidisciplinary journals in the arts and humanities.

Microfilm and microfiche

The following resources are available on microfilm or microfiche:

  • The Jewish Chronicle: text 1841-1959, indexes 1841-1995
  • Jewish displaced persons periodicals from the collections of the YIVO Institute
  • Tshernovitser Bleter: 1929-1937
  • Yiddish children’s literature from the collections of the YIVO Institute
  • Yiddish classics: The complete works of Mendele Mokher Sefarim, Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Leib Peretz
  • Hebrew manuscript catalogues from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Anglo-Judaic Pamphlet Collection

Ask for these at the Help Point (1st floor). Printed guides are available.

AV material

Films and CDs are on the first floor of the Main Library. You can watch these at home or in the AV Room. Ask at the Help Point (1st floor) for headsets and remote controls. Some audio-visual material is housed off site and needs to be ordered in advance using our Stores service.

To find audio-visual material in Explore, use the Advanced Search and choose 'Audio Visual' from the 'Material Type' drop-down list.

Online resources

Registered members of UCL have access to a range of material held in electronic form. When off campus, you will be prompted for your user ID and password. Non-UCL users can access many resources from the Explore Access Points in the library. 

These databases and full text resources are most useful for Hebrew & Jewish Studies. A list of all online resources is available.

Explore allows you to search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously and get instant access to the online full-text material we subscribe to. For comprehensive research use a specialised database. 

Other Internet resources

For links to other web-based material for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, try the following:

General Resources

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Library has a strong collection in Jewish Studies, especially in Israeli literature and Yiddish. UCL staff and postgraduate students can borrow from SOAS Library. UCL undergraduates have reference access. You just need to bring your UCL ID card.

The British Library has a strong collection of Jewish Studies materials. You will need to bring identification showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass. You can pre-register online.

Dr Williams's Library is a theological library which includes material relevant to Jewish Studies. You need to contact the library in advance of your visit. Students should contact the director.

The Wiener Library specializes, among other subjects, in the history of the Third Reich, Nazism, fascism, antisemitism, and racism. You will need to bring photo ID  and proof of your address. Students also need a letter of introduction from their tutor or employer.

The Warburg Institute Library has a strong collection in Jewish mysticism, history and art, and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. You need to bring your UCL ID card and other photo ID. Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students need a letter of recommendation from an academic referee.

Leo Baeck College Library specializes in Bible, Jewish Liturgy, Rabbinics, Modern Judaism, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations.

The Marc Weinberg Community Library at The London School of Jewish Studies holds over 70,000 volumes of Judaica and Hebraica. Anyone living in the United Kingdom may join the library for a small fee and borrow books and other resources. You need to bring some form of ID.

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues. 

Library Services offers training and support to all staff and students. Training for research students is also available via the UCL Doctoral School. One to one help is also available by appointment (details on the right).

Mocatta Haggadah

Library Services offers a variety of research support services in order to assist researchers. For further information please contact me directly using the contact details to the right.  

UCL Special Collections has a number of archival, printed and manuscript collections related to Hebrew & Jewish Studies.

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New books September 2018

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Ḥalamish le-maʻayano mayim : meḥḳarim be-ḳabalah, halakhah, minhag ṿe-hagut mugashim li-Prof. Mosheh Ḥalamish = The flint into a fountain of waters : studies in kabbalah, Jewish law, custom and philosophy submitted to Prof. Moshe Hallamish / ʻorkhim, Avi Elḳayam, Ḥavivah Pedayah. Yerushalayim : Karmel, [776 = 2016] HEBREW A 6 HAL Brenner, Michael In search of Israel […]

New books August 2018

Monday, 06 August 2018

Jagodzińska, Agnieszka “Duszozbawcy”? : misje i literatura Londyńskiego Towarzystwa Krzewienia Chrześcijaństwa wśród Żydów w latach 1808-1939 Kraków : Wydawnictwo Austeria, 2017. HEBREW A 106 JAG Ruta, Magdalena Without Jews? : Yiddish literature in the People’s Republic of Poland on the Holocaust, Poland and Communism. Kraków : Jagiellonian University Press, 2018. 1st English ed. YIDDISH C […]

Snapshots of Modern Jewish History

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Phase 3 of the Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections project is now well under way. Last academic year we started a pilot Connected Curriculum initiative in partnership with UCL’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, where student volunteers helped to enhance the digitised pamphlets with accurate searchable transcriptions. The pilot will continue next academic year: […]

New books July 2018

Monday, 09 July 2018

Satri nidaḥim (Conference) (2009 : Jerusalem) Satri nidaḥim : Yehudim ʻim zehuyot ḥavuyot / ʻorkhim, Avi Elḳayam ṿe-Yosef Ḳaplan. Yerushalayim : Mekhon Ben-Tsevi le-ḥeḳer ḳehilot Yiśraʼel ba-Mizraḥ, 776 = 2016. HEBREW A 6 ELQ Visualizing Jews through the ages : literary and material representations of Jewishness and Judaism / edited by Hannah Ewence and Helen Spurling. New […]

New books June 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

Weber, Ilse Dancing on a powder keg / translated from the German, and foreword, by Michal Schwartz ; afterword by Ulrike Migdal ; essay on Thesesienstadt by Ruth Bondy. Charlottetown, PE, Canada : Bunim & Bannigan, [2016] HEBREW A 134 WEB Cogan, Mordechai Understanding Hezekiah of Judah : rebel king and reformer Jerusalem, Israel : Carta […]