Libraries

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

Antonia Spitzer Jewish Library

Agudath Israel of Illinois
Phone: (773) 279-8400
Fax: (773) 279-9571
Contact: Rabbi Yitzchok Bider

Currently closed for construction at new location. A full service Jewish Library with more than 6,000 books on all topics and for all ages. Jewish games and informational computer section. Jewish video viewing area. Special cookbook and magazine sections.

Asher Library *

Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1700
Email: resources@spertus.edu
Web: http://www.spertus.edu

Asher Library includes Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, plus periodicals, films, and music from all over the world. The library is open to public Sunday 12-4 pm, Monday-Thursday 4-6:30 pm, and users may browse more than 110,000 books, a wide-ranging collection of journals, Targ Music Collection of international and historic recordings, and an extensive Jewish video collection. Computer workstations offer Feinberg eCollection access and a viewing/listening center. Spertus students and Spertus members may borrow books, DVDs, CDs, and have online access to Feinberg eCollection, with full text of 16,000 books and 25,000 articles.

Association of Jewish Libraries

9056 Tamara Terrace
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 982-0268

A professional organization of librarians representing libraries with large Judaic collections.

Brandman Tape Library *

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 982-2500
Email: ssmlhtc@htc.edu
Web: http://www.htc.edu
Contact: Aharon Gaffen

Brill Family Resource Center *

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 967-4805
Fax: (847) 967-4804
Email: library@ilhmec.org
Web: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org

More than 13,000 adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction titles, hundreds of films, multimedia items, periodicals and journals are available for use onsite by the public. Also available for onsite use are the Lachman Library Collection of special reference materials, and the Miller Interactive Library, which offers access to the Midwest Visual History Collection of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History.

Chicago Community Kollel Audio Torah Tape Library

6506 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-9400
Fax: (773) 262-7866
Web: http://www.cckollel.org
Contact: Rabbi Moshe Sterman

Extensive lending library on many Jewish topics.

Hecht Chassidus Library

2935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 274-5123
Fax: (773) 274-3810
Email: f.r.e.e.@ix.netcom.com

Books on Jewish life and religion. Open to the public.

Heritage Multimedia Library

2941 W. Touhy Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1800
Email: heritage@russianjews.org
Web: http://www.russianjews.org
Contact: Rabbi Eliezer Dimarsky

Multilingual.

Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1502
Phone: (773) 702-8714
Fax: (773) 702-3728
Web: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc
Contact: Daniel Meyer, Director

Noncirculating collection of 17,000 titles documenting the social and cultural history of the Jewish people; catalog available at Judaica; Catalogue of the Library of Ludwig Rosenberger (Cincinnati, 1971) and Judaica; Catalogue of the Library of Ludwig Rosenberger, Expanded Supplement (Cincinnati, 1979). Collection open to the public for research. Contact department before visiting.

Lyuba Golz Russian Judaica Library

2935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 274-3810
Fax: (773) 274-3810
Email: f.r.e.e.@ix.netcom.com

Russian language books, audio/video library.

Migdal Torah Free Loan Jewish Book Library

2728 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 465-7600
Fax: (773) 465-4554
Email: migdaltorah@sbcglobal.net
Web: http://www.migdaltorah.org

Audiotape library with more than 1,500 lecturers. More than 800 books on Jewish thought.

Newberry Library

60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 255-3506
Fax: (312) 255-3513
Email: reference@newberry.org
Web: http://www.newberry.org

The largest collection of pre 1800 Hebraica in mid-America. A family history section with important Jewish resources.

Saul Silber Memorial Library *

Hebrew Theological College
7135 N. Carpenter Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 982-2500
Fax: (847) 674-6381
Email: eginsparg@htc.edu
Web: http://www.htc.edu
Contact: Rabbi Elie Ginsparg

Academic research library with more than 65,000 Judaica items; public reading room; membership required for circulation privileges. Includes rabbinics, halakha, and Jewish history.

Sidney and Freda Davidson Library

University of Chicago Hillel
5715 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 752-1127
Email: hillel@uchicago.edu
Web: http://www.uchicagohillel.org

Contains thousands of volumes and a wide selection of periodicals. Borrowing privileges limited to members of the university and the Hyde Park community.

Torah Tape Library

3135 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 761-1129
Contact: Rabbi Ariel Puchowitz

Over 3,000 tapes for lending purposes to the general community.

Velvel Gorden Institute for Chasidic Study

Congregation Bnei Ruven
6350 N. Whipple Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Phone: (773) 743-5434
Fax: (773) 743-3446

Audio tapes of Chasidic thought and teaching.

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