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Jewish Studies Research: Welcome

Research and collection guides from the Dorot Jewish Division.


A heavy lit chandelier hangs over an oak table, with a large arched window behindWelcome to the Dorot Jewish Division at The New York Public Library.  We are located within the historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, often referred to as the "Main Branch," of the New York Public Library. This Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences.

The Dorot Jewish Division was established as a distinct collection with funding contributed by Jacob Schiff in 1897, just two years after the formation of The New York Public Library. Abraham S. Freidus, cataloger of the Astor Library's rich collection of Judaica, was appointed the Division's first chief and presided over its rapid growth for twenty five years. 

The collection contains a comprehensive and balanced chronicle of the religious and secular history of the Jewish people in over a quarter of a million books, microforms, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and ephemera from all over the world. Primary source materials are especially rich in the following areas: Jews in the United States, especially in New York in the age of immigration; Yiddish theater; Jews in the land of Israel; Jews in early modern Europe, especially Jewish-Gentile relations; Christian Hebraism; antisemitism; and world Jewish newspapers and periodicals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Dorot Jewish Division welcomes requests for class and group visits. Please submit your request for your organization or class by filling out the Request Form

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Planning a Visit

Red and black floral graphic showing the Hebrew text Shushan1) Please plan ahead by contacting to request materials in advance of your visit.

2) A free Library card is required to use the reading room and to request materials. Apply online or in person.

3) This is a closed-stack library, so most items must be retrieved by staff.  Some materials are not available on the same day. An appointment may be required to use some materials. Additional restrictions may apply.

4) Researchers are also welcome to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians to discuss research plans and needs. You do not need to have a virtual consultation before your visit to the Dorot Jewish Division. 


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Dorot Jewish Division Reference Librarians
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
First Floor, Room 111
New York, NY 10018
(212) 930-0601
Subjects: Jewish Studies