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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.

Register for a CJH Research Account

The Center for Jewish History allows you to request items in advance of your visit.  Please visit to create and access your personal research account, and begin placing requests today.

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)

Holiday Hours   |   Paging Info   |   Recovery Tips for Books & Archival Materials

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 4:00pm.
Friday, last call for paging is 12:00pm.
Sunday usage requests must be received by 4:00pm the preceding Thursday.

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