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**Dear Library Users:

We hope that everyone is feeling well. We continue to monitor the situation with respect to COVID19 and work with the HUC-JIR Coronavirus Task Force to adapt Library policies accordingly. Per Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, HUC-JIR President, the Klau Library is closed until further notice.


For our Students, Faculty and Staff:

As a reminder, the Library provides access to many electronic resources through the SSO which you can access with this link: or through the JSP ( 


*You may renew materials online by signing into your Library Account and clicking on “Renew” next to the individual item.*


Don’t forget about the many resources available through the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County,


Library staff are available to support you during this period.

If you have reference questions, please email

For library technical support, please contact Lisa Ben-Hur, Library Computer Specialist,


Please feel free to contact Laurel Wolfson,, directly for additional assistance.**


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About the Library

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.