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What is the Center for Jewish History?

The Center for Jewish History is the home of five preeminent Jewish institutions dedicated to history, culture and art. It unites under one roof collections that bring together centuries of Jewish life.


Your Visit to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

In the heart of the Center for Jewish History is the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, the gateway to the research collections of the five partners. Designed to combine the ambience of traditional libraries with state-of-the-art convenience, each workstation has Internet connectivity with wireless access also available.


Reading Room Hours

Sunday from 11am - 4pm (YIVO Archives closed)
Monday 9:30am - 7:30pm (YIVO Archives close at 5:00pm)
Tuesday to Thursday 9:30am - 5:30pm (YIVO Archives close at 5:00pm)
Friday 9:30am - 1:30pm (YIVO Archives closed)

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Important Notice About Access to Digital Collections

Please note that beginning September 10, 2012 the Center will be performing maintenance on our digital collections. You can continue to search the collections through our catalog, but access to digital images themselves will be unavailable. Access to finding aids will also be unavailable. Full access to digital images and finding aids will begin again on September 21, 2012. Thank you for your patience.

Lillian Goldman Reading Room Holiday Hours

The Center for Jewish History is closed on Saturday, all major Jewish holidays, and all major national holidays.


Paging Information for the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:30pm. Friday, last call for paging is 12:30pm. Sunday usage requests must be received by 4:30pm on the preceding Thursday.


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