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Library and Archives

The Library and Archives is located across the street from the Museum of Tolerance. We are open to the public Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
For access to the Archives, please call 310-772-7605 in advance to schedule an appointment.

WHAT’S IN THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES?

We collect material that supports the mission of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, with primary emphasis on the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism, and Jewish communities around the world. Since the opening of the Museum of Tolerance in 1993, we have expanded to include tolerance, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and human rights.

The Library has material for all ages and educational levels, in many languages. In addition to books and periodicals, we also hold many other formats, including videos (VHS and DVD), audiocassettes and CDs, educational kits, visual materials (posters, slides, etc.), and microfilm.

The Archives is a repository for primary source material, including over 50,000 photographs, thousands of documents, diaries, letters, artifacts and memorabilia, artwork, and rare books.

WHAT’S HERE FOR YOU?

Our online resources include:

      •The Library’s on-line catalog of our print and media holdings 
      •The Digital Archives, where you can access images from our archival collection 
      •A weekly acquisitions report 
      •Information about the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award 
      •The Ask a Survivor program whereby students, researchers, and others are able to ask a survivor a question and receive an answer 
      •Biographies of children who experienced the Holocaust, from the Museum’s photo passport cards


Some of the resources you’ll find when you come into the Library include:

      •A lending library; you can borrow up to 3 books at a time for 3 weeks 
      •The reference collection (encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.)
      •Model library of Juvenile and Young Adult literature on themes supporting the mission of the Museum
      •Genealogy resources
      •Yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books)
      •“Special Collections”: antisemitic and hate literature, Holocaust denial literature
      •Reference assistance from professional staff, in person, by phone or via email 
      •“New arrivals” display area
      •Topical displays of books and archival materials

 

 


Donors   

The Library and Archives gratefully acknowledges the generosity of many supporters over the years. We are particularly grateful to the following donors for dedication of special projects:

            • The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
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Danny and Amy Jacobson
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Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Levitin
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The Morris P. Liebovitz Foundation
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Dr. and Mrs. Alan Sandler
            •
Dr. Robert Winer