Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

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The Jewish Studies research collections at Columbia exceed 150,000 monograph volumes and 1,000 current and historical periodical titles. The collection comprises about 60,000 Hebrew and Yiddish titles in addition to its large holdings of Jewish scholarly works in Western and Slavic languages.  Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds about 1,700 Hebrew and Jewish-related manuscripts, making Columbia's collection the largest collection of Judaica manuscripts in a secular research university in the United States. Columbia also subscribes to many electronic titles, both ebooks and databases, which pertain to Jewish Studies, and is an NYC repository for the Visual History Archive of the Shoah Foundation.

Digitized Collections from the Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies:

Online Exhibitions:


NEW YORK, March 31, 2015 – Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) has received an award of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize field notes and linguistic surveys from the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry (LCAAJ) archive.  View full press release

NEW YORK, October 27, 2010 - The Columbia University Libraries have received a gift of $4 million to establish the Norman E. Alexander Library for Jewish Studies which will include three new endowments: a Jewish Studies Librarian, the General Jewish Studies Collection and the Special Collections in Judaica.  View full press release