The Klau Library, New York, collects, preserves and provides access to a carefully selected variety of library materials. Among its specific strengths are Hebrew language and literature, Jewish history, music, and religious thought.
The Library supports the educational programs of the Rabbinic School, the School of Education, and the School of Sacred Music, as well as the specific research needs of their faculties. It also meets the Judaic research, cultural and information needs of the students and faculty of New York University; scholars in the New York area and, by means of interlibrary loan, outside of New York; the national staffs of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis; and the New York Area community.
With its microfilm resources and facilities, the Library also functions as a branch in New York of both the American Jewish Periodical Center and the American Jewish Archives.
The mission of the Library system of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is to collect, preserve and provide access to the record of Jewish thought and experience throughout the ages and to related fields and disciplines. The Library system has a responsibility to support the teaching and research functions of the College-Institute and a special goal to document Reform (Progressive/Liberal) Judaism. Operating through the four campus libraries, the aim is to optimize total resources with a minimum of unnecessary duplication.