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Library & Collections

Rosenwald Family Collection, Spertus

Preserving the Material Culture of the Jewish people is fundamental to the mission of Spertus.
Our collections — of books, films, music, artworks, artifacts, rare antique maps, and archival items — number more than half a million. Items from our collections are incorporated into our exhibits,
courses, and public programming.

The Asher Library at Spertus Institute serves a diverse populace locally, nationally, and internationally, with a special emphasis on developing collections and services for Spertus students and the Jewish community. Our library is open to the public and responds to inquiries from around the globe.

Asher Library online access and borrowing
privileges are available to Spertus students,
faculty, and members.


Enjoy video selections from Romance of a People: The First Hundred Years of Jewish Life in Chicago, 1833-1933. Produced, directed, and written by Beverly Siegel. Courtesy of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society. VIDEO>


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The Feinberg eCollection is a collection of Jewish Studies databases which give full-text access to Biblical and Rabbinic sources as well as scholary journals.

THE SENTINEL (1911-1949)

Digitized issues of The Sentinel, a Jewish weekly published in Chicago, are available by PDF at the Illinois Digital Archives.


Asher Library Hours
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish and secular holidays. MORE>

Holiday closings
Spertus will be closed for final days Passover beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20. We will be closed all day April 21 and 22. Happy Passover from all of us to you and yours!

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