The Judaica Collection

Author: Eva-Maria Jansson

The Judaica Collection in the National Library consists mainly of manuscripts and printed materials in Hebrew and Yiddish, and to a lesser extent of materials in Ladino, Judaeo-Arabic and other Jewish languages. The collection covers primarily religion, history, culture and languages in their broadest sense. In addition, the collection also includes a smaller collection of pre-1950 publications  (books and periodicals) in Western languages. All the collections are kept in closed stacks and pre-1950 publications can only be ordered for reading room use. Publications in Danish and the remaining post-1950 publications in Western languages belong in other collections within the library.

All items in the Judaica Collection (Apr. 2010: app. 36,000 catalogue records) are registered in The Royal Library online cataloge REX, and are to be searched for and requested for use electronically. All items kan be searched for in transcription. Large parts of the collections (pre-1950- and post 2003-publications) can also be searched for by using Hebrew script (with few exceptions, primarily books in the reference collections).

New acquisitions consist mainly of written sources in Hebrew and Yiddish - printed or electronic publications - and in translation to Western languages (most often English), as well as scholarly studies in Hebrew and Yiddish, dealing mainly with Judaism, Jewish history and Jewish cultural history. These written sources are normally available as reference works at the Reading Room E/F West (level E), whereas other acquisitions are available for lending.