Library opening hours:

From September 21, the JHI reading room is reopened for users who want to use our book collection.

Due to sanitary restrictions, the reading room will be open as follows:
• Monday – Wednesday 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM

• Thursday – Friday: closed

Two readers may stay in the reading room at the same time. A mouth and nose covering mask and gloves must be worn. To use the reading room, please make an appointment in advance. Seat reservations can be made by sending an application to the following e-mail address:

During the working days of the reading room, only the library collection is available. All users will be asked to leave their contact information in case the investigation is conducted by sanitary and epidemiological services.

The JHI’s library holds over 80 thousand volumes on the topics of Jewish history, culture and religion. It is the largest collection in Poland concerning these subject areas. The collection includes priceless manuscripts and prints — the oldest manuscript dates back to the 10th century! We have a wide selection of literature on the topic of the Holocaust, old Jewish prints, classic Jewish literature and classic Polish and world literature translated to Yiddish and Hebrew. The books, as well as the collection of over 2,5 thousand periodicals, can be accessed in the Institute’s Reading Room. 

Online catalogue.

Research information and Reading Room

tel.: (22) 827 92 21 ext. 110, 122,

Head of Department

Andrzej Kamiński

tel.: (22) 827 92 21 ext. 120 

e-mail: akaminski@jhi.p

Using the JHI’s Library

The collections of books and periodicals can be accessed in the Reading Room after leaving one’s signature in the library’s book of records. The originals of old prints and manuscripts are available on request, subject to the presentation of a letter of recommendation from university authorities or other research institutions.

Items requested from the library are provided until 5 p.m.

(2.30 p.m. on Fridays).

Items requested from the archives are provided until 3.30 p.m.

(2.30 p.m. on Fridays).

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