The library of the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna is specialized on the subject of Judaism. The collection consists of literature covering history, religion and the culture of Judaism, as well as fiction by Jewish authors, publications and reference works. The library currently consists of about 45 000 books, the oldest of which come from the 16th century. About a third of the books are written in Hebrew, about 75% of which are in the Hebrew language and 25% in Yiddish. The other two thirds of the works are in German and English. The main focus of the literature written in the Latin alphabet is the history of the Jewish people in Austria and the other countries of the former Hapsburg Monarchy.
Of particular importance are works which are highly interesting sources of information about Jewish life in Vienna, such as reports by the Jewish Community and the annual reports of associations. In addition, the library has an impressive range of Jewish newspapers and publications dating from before the Second World War. The Hebrew portion is mostly made up of religious literature and Rabbinica, but also works on the contemporary history of Israel and the Shoah (e.g. Yizkor Books) and fiction. The works in Yiddish are mostly in the form of fiction.
Mo, Tue, Wed 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
The library is a public reference library. Visitors have available laptop stations, a photocopier and a computer for searching the library catalogue. The books are available for immediate consultation. A maximum of five volumes can be taken out at one time. If you require additional books, you must return the original ones before the next books can be taken out. Coats, jackets and bags must be stored in the lockers provided.
Security: As the library is situated on the premises of the Jewish Community, you will require photo ID for the security check.
Brief History of the Library
The library of the Jewish Museum Vienna consists of the old inventory of the Jewish Community and items acquired by the museum. In 1992 the Jewish Community gave its inventory to the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna as a permanent loan. The library was reopened in 1994 as a department of the Jewish Museum Vienna in the former festival hall of the Jewish Community and has been available to the public since that time. In April 2004 the library joined the Austrian Association of Libraries, with the result that the library catalogue can also be consulted on the Internet. The Association has also made it possible for Hebrew works to be sought in their original language. Specialist articles from magazines and collections are also included individually in the catalogue and can be retrieved online for research purposes.
Photocopying & Scanning
The library provides a copy service for certain documents in return for payment. There is a copy machine available in the reading room.
Information: The Jewish Museum Vienna wishes to state that users are solely responsible for the protection of copyright, personal and other rights.
Price list for copying (self):
A4-Copy (b/w) € 0,15
A3- Copy (b/w) € 0,30
A4- Copy (color) € 0,40
A3- Copy (color) € 0,80
Price list for requests (Excluding post & packaging):
A4- Copy (b/w) € 0,30
A3- Copy (b/w) € 0,60
A4- Copy (color) € 0,80
A3- Copy (color) € 1,60
Scans € 0,50 (Scans will be made by library personnel only, are available in b/w and color and will be sent by e-mail - included in price).