Library of the IGDJ
The library represents the heart of IGdJ. With over 50,000 books, it has developed into one of the most distinguished specialized historical libraries in Northern Germany. Moreover, it is regarded as the home of one of the most significant special collections covering the history and culture of the Jews in the German-speaking world since the Middle Ages. Thanks to its extensive collection of Judaica, this scientific reference and research library provides scholars access to an important collection of Hebraica and nearly 600 national and international periodicals. In addition to these collections, the library houses old prints, Hebrew works from the 16th century and rare German originals. The library also maintains approximately 120 currently circulating periodicals; an alphabetical index is available online. The entire stock of IGdJ periodicals is also indexed within the German database of periodicals (deutsche Zeitschriftendatenbank). All items acquired after 1997, as well as a large part of the older collections, can now be found online in the catalogue of the University of Hamburg (see link below). IGdJ library staff is on-site daily to support any user working within the library and its collections. Library visitors will find desks and workstations, printers and scanners as well as microfilm and microfiche machines at their disposal during their stay at the IGdJ.