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Hebrew & Jewish Studies

A subject guide for the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Books and e-books

                The Hebrew & Jewish Studies reading room

The Hebrew and Jewish Studies collection is located on the 2nd floor (North end) of the Main Library. It is divided into two sections: Hebrew and Yiddish. The Hebrew section includes: Jewish history; Hebrew and other Jewish languages; Jewish literature, including biblical and rabbinic literature; Judaism; and Arts & Sciences. The Yiddish section includes: Yiddish language, literature and music as well as history, science and geography written in Yiddish.

The library catalogue is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. On the catalogue, you will find the details with the location of the materials you are looking for: library site, collection and shelfmark. Roman letters are used for Hebrew script in the catalogue using the Library of Congress system. Records added since 2009 also include the original Hebrew and you can search for them using Hebrew characters.

The books are arranged according to the Garside Classification system, here is further information about the organisation in the Hebrew section and the Yiddish section.

How can you tell if a book is available online?

On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online. 

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Other collections

  • Geography: for additional material on Israel/Palestine.

The Institute of Archaeology Library: for archaeology of the Middle East.

The Language & Speech Science (LASS) Library: for books and periodicals on the theory and practice of language study. 

School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) library: for history of the Jews in central and eastern Europe.

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Key online dictionaries and encyclopaedias in Hebrew & Jewish Studies

The Library provides access to many important reference works online:

Free e-books

Many e-books are freely available online. One way to find these is the Directory of Open Access Books.

Other sources for free e-books include: