Ask a Survivor

  • Ask a Survivor  program whereby students, researchers, and others are able to ask a survivor a question and receive an answer.

On-Line Catalog

  • Search the holdings of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Library through its on-line catalog, including books and multimedia materials.


Who may check out materials?

  • SWC staff and volunteers
  • MOT staff, survivors and volunteers
  • Members of SWC or MOT, with a minimum annual donation of $100.00
  • Others may check out material by leaving a deposit (Deposit schedule available upon request.)

How long is the check-out period?

  • 3 weeks for circulating books
  • 1 week for media items (audio and video cassettes) CD-ROMs, DVDs, educational kits, etc.)
  • 2 hours or overnight for Reserve books and other selected materials

How many items may be checked out?

  • No more than 3 items may be checked out to any one borrower

All overdue, lost or damaged materials are subject to fines.

Reference and Information Services

Reference & Information Services provide:

  • Information for the public as well as the SWC/MOT staff, both local Los Angeles and all branches worldwide.
  • Responses to the global community, which submits on the average of 570 requests for information per week (these are by all venues of communication - phone, fax, email, mail and walk-ins).
  • The Ask-a-Survivor program.
  • Resources and bibliographic materials for institutional programs, projects, exhibitions (both temporary and permanent), and the SWC web sites.
  • Photocopying assistance to the public.
  • Interlibrary Loan service to the public.
  • Assistance in Internet training and searching to the public and staff.


The Archives is open to the public by appointment only, providing original archival materials for research, reproduction, and exhibitions to bona-fide researchers and institutions.

Copy Availability

  • Requests for photographic reprints should be made in writing with accompanying explanation and description of project and/or use of photograph to maintain the integrity of the images. All reproduction costs must be prepaid.

Permission to Publish

  • Permission to publish images from the Library and Archives' holdings must be requested in writing.

Programs and Events

  • A model library of Juvenile and Young Adult Literature, primarily for students and educators.
  • A monthly Arts and Lectures program.
  • Basic Internet training, by appointment, using the Library/Archives computer station, funded by an InfoPeople project grant, under the provisions of the U.S. Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
  • The Once Upon A World Children's Book Award, annually honoring the children's book (ages six to ten) , which best represents the values of tolerance, diversity, human understanding and social justice.
  • The Write to Tolerance Institute is an all-day institute of professional development for librarians, educators, and authors, illustrators and editors.
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