Library of Jewish Scepticism
Core subjects: Philosophy, Jewish Philosophy, Scepticism, Jewish Studies, Tolerance.
We collect specialist literature relevant to the research enquiries of fellows and staff active at the Maimonides Centre and the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion. We buy printed and electronic books and provide access to Hebrew source texts in digital format.
Our collections are recorded in the online catalogue of the University of Hamburg. They are made available on-site to members of the university and external visitors.
Academics at the Maimonides Centre are welcome to make use of the excellent library resources available in Hamburg.
- The State and University Library Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky is a large research library serving the citizens of Hamburg and the University of Hamburg. It holds a world-famous collection of Hebrew manuscripts, most of which have been digitised. It is also the keeper of the surviving parts of the pre-1939 Library of the Jewish community of Hamburg—a large and very important collection of early printed Hebrew books.
- The Institute for the History of German Jews, the first research institution in Jewish Studies founded in Germany after 1945, has a comprehensive library with substantial holdings of Judaica and Hebraica.
Both libraries hold books expropriated from Jewish owners between 1933–45 (so-called NS-Raubgut). Research is under way to catalogue and record the provenance of these collections, and—where possible—to return the books to their owners and heirs.