New York:
The Klau Library

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Woman reading in the New York Klau Library

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The Klau Library of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York collects and preserves a large selection of resource material supporting the diverse programs and course offerings of the institution in print and electronic formats. The collection houses over 200,000 volumes within a pleasant atmosphere, conducive for learning and research. While rich in materials that envelop the diverse and expansive Jewish experience, the Library collection includes the Kohut manuscript collection (around 100 manuscripts) and the Isaac Offenbach collections (music archive), as well as rare materials that elucidate facets of Jewish practice, history, and civilization, as well as an expansive sheet music collection that highlights Jewish musical cultural riches and development.

Holidays Etc.

Wednesday, June 5th

Tuesday, June 11
Early close at 1 pm

Wednesday, June 12 and
Thursday, June 13
CLOSED for Shavuot

Wednesday, June 19
CLOSED for Juneteenth


Monday: 9 AM – 4:45 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 4:45 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM – 4:45 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 4:45 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

All times are in EST

HUC students, faculty, and staff; students and faculty at other New York institutions of higher learning.

Klau Library, New York
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Brookdale Center
One West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012-1186

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Subways: N, R to 8th Street, 6 to Astor Place, A, C, E or B, D, F, Q to West 4th Street

Buses: M1, M5, or M6 to Waverly Place.


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.

Library System

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.