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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)

New Fall/Winter Hours   |   Paging Info   |   Holiday Hours

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.

New Hours Effective September 6, 2016

Fall/Winter Hours
Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-6pm
Fridays: 9:30am- 2pm.
Sundays: By advance appointment only

Sunday Appointments
CJH reference staff understands that it may be difficult for some readers to use materials during the workweek, and we are happy to offer access on Sundays by appointment only. If you cannot use the collections during regular business hours, please contact Melanie Meyers ( to make an appointment for Sunday use. Please contact us and confirm your appointment before you make any reservations for materials in the online system; requests placed for Sunday use without an appointment on the calendar will be cancelled. No walk-ins will be accepted. All Sunday appointments are scheduled based on staff and materials availability, so we strongly encourage you to contact us at least two weeks in advance in order to make sure we can accommodate you. If your plans change and you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment for Sunday, please do so by 12 noon on the preceding Friday. If you do not come as scheduled, and do not notify us in advance, then you will have to use the collection materials during our regularly scheduled hours. Please visit for information on Sunday hours for the Center building (open most Sundays).

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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