Library

The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center holds a research library with a focus on German-Jewish history, literature and thought. Situated within the Center, the library contains about 3,500 volumes covering a wide area of topics – from classics to contemporaries, from original literature to state of the art scholarship – in German, English and Hebrew.

The library also contains four special collections: The “Baruch Kurzweil memorial collection”, including around 130 books belonging to the famous historian and critique of Hebrew literature Baruch Kurzweil (1907-1972); The “Jenny Aloni memorial collection”, including around 250 books belonging to the German-Jewish writer Jenny Aloni (1917-1993); the “Yehuda Elkana memorial collection”, including around 100 books belonging to the historian and philosopher of science Prof. Yehuda Elkana (1934-2012); and a historical collection of books published in German-speaking countries from the 19th century through 1939.

Books can be perused at the Center or borrowed by special permission. As a rule, the library is open during the Center's office hours. At the moment, access to the library catalogue is possible only from the library's computer. Questions regarding the catalogue and loans can be addressed directly to the office; we also warmly welcome suggestions to purchase new publications from the field.