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The Albert Einstein Library of the Heidelberg University of Jewish Studies warmly welcomes you!

The library comprises one of the largest Judaica collections in Germany and contains works from all disciplines of Jewish studies from the 16th to the 21st century. It not only serves the teaching staff and students of the HfJS and Heidelberg University for research, teaching and study, but is also available to the interested public as a reference library.

The source paradise, which is also a treasure trove of new publications, is located on the main floor of the university, which opened in 2009, and covers the area of the old building and the northern wing of the new building. It thus forms a bridge between the two parts of the building. Together with the reading gallery and the basement, the library covers approx. 540 m² and has over 2,000 meters of shelving in the open access area, as well as approx. 400 real meters in the stacks area, partly in a modern mobile shelving system.

Together with the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), the use of the integrated library system Koha was implemented in a pilot project, which enables the processing and display of original written catalog records and has a convenient web-based OPAC. A self-checkout system is available to users for borrowing and returning books. A book security system based on RFID technology and a photocopier with scanning function complete the technical equipment. In the library area, users have access to 4 OPACs, 2 computer workstations with PCs and 28 additional reading places with computer connections. Further PC workstations are located outside the library area in the lower foyer.

Construction and equipment were funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

Since the beginning of 2019, parts of the library's collection have been examined for Nazi-looted items .

Monday to Thursday: 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m

Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m

Saturday & Sunday: closed

If you haveany questions about the library, you can also send an e-mail to: library(at)

Angelika Stabenow

Monday: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m

Wednesday: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m

Thursday: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m

Lena Bindrim

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

Unfortunately, there is not always a contact person available outside these times. However, you can still work in the library during all 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.

Article by graduate librarian and library director Angelika Stabenow and Katrin Fischer, graduate librarian from the Baden-Württemberg Library Service Center in Constance, on the redesigned library from 2012.

Reading room | BuB

Bosser G.

During my one-year federal voluntary service in the library of the HfJS, I not only got to know the work in a library, but also learned a lot about Judaism and Jewish life. I also gained my first insights into student life, which prepared me well for my studies. The year at the library has broadened my horizons, especially because I am aiming to study science.

Bosse G., Library Volunteer