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About the Klau Library - Cincinnati

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The Klau Library, Cincinnati, in quantity and quality of holdings, stands at or near the top of all American collections of Hebraica and among the strongest in the world.   The collection includes: 530,000 printed books, 1,200 current periodical subscriptions, 2,500 manuscript codices and many thousands of manuscript pages, 19,000 microfiche & 19,000 reels of microfilm, 100,000 digital images from manuscripts and early printed books, 3,300 sound recordings, 14,000 books in the Rare Book Room, and numerous non-book collections: Maps, Slides, Filmstrips, Bookplates, Stamps, Computer Programs, Games, and Kits.  

Particular strengths of the collection include Ancient Near East Studies, Archives (non-American), Bible, Cabala, Calendars, Early Christianity, History, Jewish Americana, Maimonides, Philosophy, Rabbinics, Responsa, Spinozana, Wit and Humor, and Yiddish.  

The Library is available to any resident of the Greater Cincinnati area, and also lends thousands of items yearly via interlibrary loan. Hundreds of reference questions are answered by the Library staff each year. Rare and important manuscripts, books, and special collections are lent by the Library to other institutions around the world in support of their exhibits and scholarly research. Treasures from the Rare Book Collection, as well as topical exhibits, are displayed in the Rabbi David Ellenson Rare Book Room and in the first floor exhibit case.

Borrowing Privileges

HUC students, faculty and staff; students and faculty at other Cincinnati institutions of higher learning; Cincinnati area residents.

Klau, CN Hours

Effective Dates: 
March 28, 2019 to April 30, 2019
Monday - Thursday 7:45 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:45 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm



Thurs., April 4: CLOSED from 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM

Thurs., April 18: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Fri. - Sun., April 19 - 21: CLOSED

Mon. – Wed. April 22 - 24: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM 

Thurs., April 25: 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Fri. – Sun. April 26 - 28, CLOSED

News & Events

Get to Know the Four Sons

April 15, 2019

“K’neged arba banim dibra Torah.”

“The Torah alludes to four children.”

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Klau Library Retirees Honored on Founders' Day

April 04, 2019

This Founders' Day, the Klau Library's recent and impending retirees were honored as part of the day's ceremonies.

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