The Albert Einstein Library
As of October 1, 2022, Lena Bindrim is the new contact person for all scholarly requests, for questions concerning our Hebrew collections, and for acquisition requests.
Please note the new service hours!
Please note that the HfJS is currently closed on Sundays.
The general rules for the implementation of the Corona regulations at the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies
can be found [HERE...]
The library contains one of the biggest collections of Judaica material in Germany and includes works from all disciplines within Jewish Studies from 16 th to the 21 st centuries. The library serves not only the needs of students and academic staff of the HfJS and the University of Heidelberg but is also open to interested members of the public as a reference library.
In the newly-opened Hochschule (2009) the library extends from the Old Building into the northern wing of the New Building, creating a bridge between the two buildings. Including the reading gallery and the basement, the library covers an area of c.540 m² and contains 2000 metres of open access shelving as well as 400 metres of storage space, which is partially arranged in a modern rolling stack system.
In collaboration with the Library Service Centre for Baden-Württemberg (Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg BSZ), the integrated library system Koha has been implemented as part of a pilot project which makes it possible to process and display non-latin catalogue entries from the comfort of a web-based OPAC system. A self-issue machine is also available to library users. A RFID-based security system as well as photocopiers with a scanning function are also installed. Four OPAC computers, 2 study areas with computers and 28 further study areas with internet access are also available to users. Additional computers are available outside the library in the lower foyer area.
The building and equiping of the library was supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.
Since the beginning of 2019, parts of the library's holdings have been examined for Nazi looted property.
Fines will be levied for overdue items at the rate of 1.5 Euros per item/per week. For short loans the rate is 0.50 Euros/per day overdue. A maximum fine of 4.50 Euros per item will be levied. If the level of fines accrued by a user reaches 20 Euros, that user’s account will be blocked.
Bibliothek Albert Einstein
Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Head of the Library:
Dipl.-Bibl. Angelika Stabenow (+49) (0) 62 21 / 54 192 - 43
Lena Bindrim M.A.: (+49) (0) 62 21 / 54 192 - 44
Monday - Tuesday 8.00 am – 8.00 pm
Friday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
Please note that we can only offer a limited service at the moment. You are welcome to make an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with the services.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10.30 am – 1.30 pm / 3.30 – 5.00 pm
Monday: 11 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 11 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am - 1 pm
Outside these hours, there is unfortunately not always a contact person available. However, you can still work in the library during the entire opening hours and use the self-checkout system to borrow and return items with an HfJS library card. As a reference library, the library is open to all interested users.
Payment of fees for Guest Students
Monday - Thursday: 11.00 am – 1.00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3.00 – 4.00 pm
Interested users may access the library on a reference-only basis. Students at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien may take books out however. Inter-library loans from both within Germany and from abroad can be arranged.