Floors 3-6, including the book stacks, are CLOSED to patrons while we make building improvements. Study space and reservable study rooms are available on the 1st and 2nd (entrance) floors. Books are available via Retrieval and Pick Up. Books located in areas of active work may take an additional 1-2 days to retrieve. 

Judaica in the Gelman Library

Judaica in the General Collection

All areas of Judaic Studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish literature, are represented in the general holdings of the Gelman Library, accessible in the open stacks.  Guides are available for the library’s resources in Judaic Studies, in Holocaust Studies, and in Middle East Studies.

Judaica in the Special Collections Research Center  

Front page of a manuscript

Aside from the Kiev Collection, the Special Collections Research Center holds a number of rare book, maps, and archival collections relevant to Judaic studies or allied fields.  

Washington-related Judaica Collections

A number of archival collections document the Jewish experience in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.  These include several organizational archives, namely:

Personal Papers

The SCRC holds the personal papers of a number of individuals significant in Jewish literature or culture, or active in public or political life, especially in the Washington area.  Among these are the:

Cartography of the Holy Land

The Center holds several collections relevant to Biblical studies, particularly the cartography and art of the Holy Land.  These include:

The Middle East Institute Rare Book Collection

In 2008 the SCRC acquired the Middle East Institute Rare Book Collection (formerly in the Washington, DC based Middle East Institute), composed of literature and scholarship relating to the Middle East, the Ottoman lands, and Central and South Asia.  Along with many European travelogues to Palestine and Egypt, the collection includes the rare Spanish translation from Ladino of Moses Almosnino’s Extremos y grandezas de Constantinopla (Madrid, 1638).