The Albert Einstein Library

News and information:

To control the spread of corona infections, the following applies to the library:

  • The library is now open to employees and students of the HfJS under the following conditions:
  • The information desk is equipped with spit protection walls, hand disinfectants are available.
  • Employees and users must wear protective masks to cover nose and mouth.
  • Posters inform about hygiene regulations and the rules on distance and contact (no working groups).
  • Book orders and book pick-ups on site are again possible.
  • Ten workplaces in the presence area can be used with restrictions; a seat card system will be set up for this purpose (number of cards = maximum number of users of the workplaces; seat cards will be available at the entrance of the HfJS and must be returned there as soon as you leave the workplace)

Please also note: The shortened opening hours still remain valid:

Monday to Thursday: 8.00 to 18.00
Friday: 8.00 to 16.00
Sunday: closed

If you have any questions, please contact:


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 -  8.00 pm

Friday:                                  8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Sunday:                                12.00 - 6.00 pm


Angelika Stabenow

Monday:                10.00 - 1.00 and 2.30 -4.00 pm

Wednesday:          10.00 - 1.00 and 3.00 bis 4.00 pm

Thursday:              10.00 - 1.00 and 2.30 -4.00 pm

Judith Wetzka

Monday - Friday:         10.00 bis 1.00 pm

Payment of fees for Guest Students

Monday - Thursday: 11.00 bis 1.00 pm

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3.00 bis 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: 2020-09-16