The Leo Baeck College (LBC) library currently contains:

60,000VOLUMES
314PERIODICALS
(BACK ISSUES)
20CURRENT
PERIODICALS
10,000PAMPHLETS
190RABBINIC &
MA THESES
300RARE BOOKS (MOSTLY 16TH CENTURY)
14MICROFILMS
1,500AUDIO
RECORDINGS

Key collection areas include Bible and commentaries (traditional and academic), Jewish liturgy, Jewish preaching, halakhah (Jewish law), Jewish philosophy, Jewish history and contemporary Judaism (with a focus on European Judaism), Israel and Zionism and interfaith dialogue.  The books are in a wide variety of languages, with English, Hebrew and German predominating.

Special collections include:

  • Hochschule Books
  • Archival Depot Offenbach Books
  • Hyams Collection (19/early 20th century educational literature);
  • Siddurim and machzorim collection
  • Sermons and lectures of Rabbi Israel Mattuck
  • Sermons of Rev. Vivian Simmons
  • Sermons and lectures of Rabbi John D. Rayner
  • Sermon collections owned by Chief Rabbi Dr. Joseph H. Hertz
  • Paris Sanhedrin books (documents and minutes)
  • Schorr Collection (Incunabula, rare books)
  • London Bet Din Library
  • Joshua Podro Collection (rare books and Wissenschaft des Judentums)
  • Bernhard Cecil Gillinson Collection (Zionist pamphlets)
  • Jacob Jacobson Collection (Wissenschaft des Judentums)
  • Victor Tunkel Music Collection (in preparation)

Over the years, a number of lecturers at LBC have generously donated their collections to the library.  These include:

  • Rabbi Dr. Ignaz Maybaum (1897-1976)
  • Dr. Ellen Littman
  • Rabbi Dr. Werner van der Zyl (1902-1984)
  • Rabbi Richard Rosenthal (1929-1999)
  • Irene Bloomfield (1918-2001)
  • Prof. Dr. Ben Segal (1912-2003)
  • Rabbi Dr. Albert Friedlander (1927-2004)
  • Rabbi Dr. John Rayner (1924-2005)
  • Rabbi Sheila Shulman (1936-2014)

LBC also incorporates parts of the libraries of other rabbis and scholars, among them, Leo Baeck College houses books from the libraries of

  • Prof Dr. Samuel Kraus (1866-1948)
  • Rabbi Dr. Bruno Italiener (1881-1956)
  • Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck (1873-1956)
  • Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Kokotek (1911-1981)
  • Dr. Jacob Jacobson  (1888-1968)
  • Student Rabbi Andreas Hinz (1965-2002)

These special libraries can be searched independently in “Advanced Search” in the Library Catalogue.

For a more detailed description of the special collections click here.

LBC hosts a complete collection of books published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.