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About the Asher Library

About the Asher Library

The Asher Library at Spertus was established in the mid-1930s (and renamed in 1974 in honor of the generosity of Norman and Helen Asher).

It is one of North America’s largest Jewish libraries. The collection includes Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, plus periodicals, films, and music from all over the world.

The Asher Library 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 Catalog

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

Sign in to My Library Card to check your membership expiration date and renew your books.


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

THE SENTINEL (1911-1949)

Digitized issues of The Sentinel, a Jewish weekly published in Chicago, are available by PDF.


Asher Library Hours
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spertus Institute is closed on Jewish and secular holidays.

Erev Rosh Hashanah: September 20
Spertus open until 3:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah: September 21-22
Spertus closed

Erev Yom Kippur: September 29
Spertus open until 1:00 pm

Yom Kippur: September 30
Spertus closed