The Marc Weinberg Community Library
Combining the best of the old and the new, the Marc Weinberg Library is one of British Jewry’s most significant resources. The library holds the historic Jews’ College Collection, which contains over 70,000 volumes of Judaica and Hebraica. The first official record of a library in Jew’ College was in 1859, when Lewis Mayer Rothschild donated the library collection which he purchased from the Jews’ and General Literary and Scientific Institution. Over the years, the library grew from individual and organisational donations.
Fast forward to 2010, following the passing of Marc Weinberg – a great friend and former trustee of LSJS, it was decided that in his memory we would refurbish, modernise and digitise the library to increase access to these great texts. Opened in May 2015, the Marc Weinberg Community
Library now contains a modern open library, suitable for both personal and academic study, with free wi-fi facilities and an online catalogue. It also contains a new ‘Discovery Studio’, which is used for special child-focused educational activities, including ‘The Children’s Pop-Up Library’ and
immersive learning programmes.
Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, this 21st century library provides a warm and inviting location for people to browse, borrow and buy books. It is a comfortable place for research and study.
- Free WiFi
- A book store selling new and second hand books
- A children’s corner
- Access to the archives
- The Studio – a dynamic space that will enable children’s programming and other special events.
Please note: Our library is run by a team of volunteers. As a result we cannot always guarantee their presence. In this case a member of the admin team will be happy to help.
Monday 9.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 9.00– 17.30
Wednesday 9.00 – 17.30
Thursday 9.00 – 17.30
Friday 9.00 – 13.00 (winter hours)
9.00 – 15.00 (summer hours)
You can email us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 203 6427 ext 206
Whether you are preparing for a shiur, pursuing research, looking up a d’var Torah or just browsing, our library offers you a perfect and peaceful environment to find what you are looking for.
The LSJS library has been described by the Jewish Year Book as, “one of the most extensive Judaica libraries in Europe.” Home to over 70,000 volumes, it has been growing for the past 150 years so it is little wonder people come to LSJS to search for books.
General enquires can be made during normal opening times, in addition our consultant librarian, Erla Zimmels, a specialist in the field of Judaica and Hebraica, can help you with all other enquiries. She is normally available on Wednesday mornings but please telephone the library to confirm.
LSJS would like to thank the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation for its support.
LSJS would like to thank Vallentine Mitchell Publishers for their regular generous gifts to the Library.
Otzar HaHochma Digital Mega Library
This computer programme has been updated in 2013 and now contains over 60,000 books, including all the essential sefarim, ancient and rare manuscripts, periodicals, Torah collections, thousands of contemporary books and much more…
See the books on-screen in their original format, use the sophisticated search engine and print out or paste into a document. LSJS has a dedicated terminal for this software available during opening hours. Just ask for more information.
Inside the Rare Books
LSJS has an internationally renowned Library. The Rare Book Room contains approximately 1500 books printed between 1500 and 1800. Books from the Rare Book Room can be viewed by appointment. Every month, go inside the Rare Books Room with our librarian Erla Zimmels and get some interesting insights into the people behind these unique books.