The Albert Einstein Library

Please note:

During the term break, there are sometimes restrictions in the service hours. Therefore, if necessary, make an appointment at

Thank you for your understanding!

The library is open with some restrictions:

  • Working places are available at the reading gallery.
  • A reservation is no longer necessary.
  • There is no obligation to present a negative test result.

In general, the following applies:

  • It is obligatory to wear a medical mask in the reading area and when “en route”/walking
  • It is obligatory to collect contact data
  • Access is prohibited when symptoms are present

Users with a library card can still pre-order media for check-out via email to and then pick it up at the entrance of the HfJS. Returning items is also possible there. Furthermore, we offer a so called "emergency scanning".

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Angelika Stabenow (

We will keep you up to date on the latest news at

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.

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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.

Please note:
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.


Postal Address:
Bibliothek Albert Einstein
Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Landfriedstraße 12
69117 Heidelberg


Head of the Library:
Dipl.-Bibl. Angelika Stabenow (+49) (0) 62 21 / 54 192 - 43

Library Staff:
Judith Wetzka, M.A.: (+49) (0) 62 21 / 54 192 - 44

Opening Time

Monday - Tuesday                8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Friday:                                  8.00 am – 4.00 pm


Service hours:

Angelika Stabenow

Monday:                10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 6.00 pm

Wednesday:          10.30 – 1.00 and 3.00 – 6.00 pm

Thursday:              10.30 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 6.00 pm

Judith Wetzka

Monday – Friday: 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr

Payment of fees for Guest Students

Monday - Thursday: 11.00 – 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. 


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Latest Revision: 2021-07-28