Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


Unterschiedliche Buchrücken in einem Regel, im oberen Abschnitt fotografiert, auf den vorderen Büchern ist Simon Dubnow zu lesen

The library began operations with the founding of the Simon Dubnow Institute, since 2018 Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, in the autumn of 1995. It is a special-purpose library geared to supporting research at the Institute. The holdings and new acquisitions reflect the research foci of the Institute. Books, periodicals and other materials can be used only at the library. The library presently contains some 21,000 books as well as numerous periodicals. 


The collection contains the Library of the Israeli Historian Jacob Toury (1915–2004), which was placed under the signature T. The library also owns numerous microfilms and microfiche editions, such as the Private Archive of Simon Dubnow. A Search Help can be viewed online.


There are nine working places for reading, including an inclusive work station for people with limited sight and mobility, and three for using microfilmes and -fiches. Beside this the library owns a readerprinter.


The complete media stock can be looked up at the online Opac. All media is  available in the library but since it is a reference library it cannot be used outside.


ONLINE CATALOGUE at the Südwestverbund (SWB) 

Opening hours

Due to the current situation our library will be closed to the public.

Contact and Information

Grit N. Scheffer


Email: scheffer(at)

Phone: +49 341 21735-58