The multilingual Jewish Studies collection at the University of Maryland is one of the jewels in the Libraries, a research and teaching tool for students and faculty built through patient planning, steady work and close cooperation between campus units. Thanks to fundraising and collecting efforts by faculty and the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, as well as special efforts by the Libraries’ staff, the collection is now one of the strongest in the mid-Atlantic region and the country as a whole.
The Jewish Studies collection is spread through almost every one of the libraries on campus, and is estimated at as many as 100,000 volumes. There are books, journals, periodicals and newspapers, music scores, video and audio recordings, microform collections of primary sources, facsimile copies of historical documents, manuscripts and pamphlets. Holdings are strong in most of the core areas of Jewish Studies: religion, biblical studies, Talmud, halakha (law) and rabbinic thought, philosophy and kabbalah, Jewish and Israeli history, the history of the Holocaust, literature by and about Jews in many languages, music, film studies, linguistics, the culture and politics of Israel and so on. Materials in many languages—from English, Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish and Ladino, to Russian, Polish, German, French, Spanish, Italian and even Bukharin—provide direct access to the broad cultural product of Jewish life in many different lands over the millennia. Musical, literary and dramatic creativity are represented in collections devoted to Yiddish and Israeli theater, Israeli cinema, literature, music, philosophy, linguistics, the Holocaust and the state of Israel, just to name a few.
Materials from all over the world—the U.S., Israel, all the countries of Europe as well as most of Latin America and even northern and South Africa are to be found in McKeldin, the branch libraries and the Special Collections. Much of the materials, including primary source collections, journals and books, are available in electronic format. The strengths of the collection are in general collections, although there are some rare and archival materials. Collections are discoverable through the Libraries main page, https://www.lib.umd.edu/, and the Libraries are open to the general public for the in-house use. For more information on visitors please see https://www.lib.umd.edu/about/visitors.