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Hebrew & Jewish Studies library resources during Covid-19

By Vanessa Freedman, on 2 April 2020

This is a guide to resources for Hebrew & Jewish Studies available during the COVID-19 outbreak. It will be updated as new resources become available. Updates will also be posted on Twitter. For general information please see the guide to Library essentials for students and staff during Covid-19.

Don’t forget that UCL Libraries provide access to many online resources, which UCL students and staff can access from off campus, using their UCL userid and password. NB for many resources, Explore provides the only way to log in when you are off campus. 

These are the resources most relevant to Hebrew &  Jewish Studies.

Temporarily available electronic resources

General resources

In addition to our subscribed digital library, certain publishers are providing temporary access to their collections for a limited period. The list of electronic resources with temporary access during Covid-19 is dynamic and constantly being updated. Individual ebooks will be accessible via Explore in due course.

Jewish Studies resources

BiblioRossica A portal which offers expertly selected collections devoted to the most relevant areas of modern Russian and Jewish Humanities. Free access for UCL students and staff until 1st June 2020.

British Online Archives Records drawn from both private and public archives, organised thematically. Includes material relating to the Holocaust and Israel/Palestine. Free access for UCL students and staff until 30th April 2020. Sign in using ‘Find your Institution’.

Cambridge Archive Editions Near and Middle East and Slavic, Balkan and Caucasus collections. Original documents from the National Archives (UK), including numerous maps, on the national heritage and political development of many countries. Free access for UCL students and staff until 14th June 2020.

Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary Free access for UCL students and staff until 30th June 2020.

Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969 (Archives Direct) Papers generated by the British Foreign and Colonial Offices. Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981 Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Jewish Life in America c1654-1954 Sources from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. Free access for UCL students and staff until 26th June 2020.

Otzar HaHochma Digital library encompassing all realms of Judaism from ancient times to the modern period. The basic version (91,000 books) has been made available to the public, at no charge, until further notice.

Free electronic resources

Open access content

Brill publishes open access books and articles in Jewish Studies and related fields.

Brown Judaic Studies About 50 titles from this series are now freely available.

Open Book Publishers is an independent open access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK.

Bibliographic databases

RAMBI Index of Articles on Jewish Studies.

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book Books printed in Hebrew characters 1470-1960.

Index to Yiddish Periodicals Materials published in the Yiddish press in Eastern Europe, the United States and Palestine/Israel.

Newspapers and periodicals

Union List of Digitized Jewish Historic Newspapers, Periodicals and e-Journals Links to digital content (some require a subscription – check Explore).

Historical Jewish Press Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods.


YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.

Jewish Encyclopedia (1906 edition).

Biblical and rabbinic literature

Sefaria ​​​Biblical and rabbinic texts in Hebrew and English (mobile app also available).

Hebrewbooks.org Rabbinic texts and secondary literature.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum The Holocaust Encyclopedia and other online content.

EHRI Portal Access to information on Holocaust-related archival material held in institutions across Europe and beyond.

Hebrew and Yiddish

לקסיקון הספרות העברית החדשה Bio-bibliographical lexicon of modern Hebrew literature​.

Yiddish Book Center Digital Library & Collections Yiddish books, audiobooks, recorded lectures, oral history, yizkor books, Yiddish children’s literature​.

Yiddish Leksikon Biographical dictionary of modern Yiddish literature, translated into English.

Yiddish Sources Portal for anyone interested in Yiddish and Yiddish Studies.

Digital library collections

UCL Jewish collections and UCL Special Collections Digital Gallery Printed, manuscript and archival collections of Hebraica and Judaica.

Jewish Digital Collections and Jewish Study Guides Directory of digitised Jewish materials from libraries and other organisations worldwide.

Judaica Europeana Integrated access to digital collections which document the Jewish presence and heritage in Europe.

Internet subject gateways

Teaching Resources List of online resources from the British Association for Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies Research Guide Guide to doing research in various fields of Jewish Studies from Columbia University Libraries.

The Jewish Guide to the Internet Directory of Jewish websites.

New ebooks

The following books are now available electronically:

The Arabs and the Holocaust : the Arab-Israeli war of narratives Gilbert Achcar. New York : Saqi, 2012.

Memories of absence : how Muslims remember Jews in Morocco  Aomar Boum. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press: 2013.

Legacy of blood : Jews, pogroms, and ritual murder in the lands of the Soviets Elissa Bemporad. New York, NY : Oxford University Press: 2019.

Farming the red land : Jewish agricultural colonization and local Soviet power, 1924-1941 Jonathan L. Dekel-Chen. New Haven, CT ; London : Yale University Press: 2005.

Israel in history : the Jewish state in comparative perspective Derek J. Penslar. London : Routledge: 2006.

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