The Jewish Studies Library

The Jewish Studies Library opened in 1999 as a branch of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library, Cluj-Napoca. The library holdings consist of donations, acquisitions, subscriptions and international exchanges, and encompass books and periodicals relating to: Jewish history in the Diaspora and in Romania, the Holocaust, antisemitism, contemporary politics in Israel, Zionism, religion, Judaism, Jewish culture and civilisation, philosophy, literature, the arts, biographies, memoirs, correspondence, bibliographies, reference books (encyclopedias and dictionaries). The volumes are in English, Romanian, Hungarian, German, French, Hebrew and Yiddish, and amount to around 5000 books, 400 volumes of periodicals, 400 articles (excerpts) from various publications, albums, maps and materials about Israel and the Holocaust, and audiovisual material. The online catalogue of the library is available here and in a separate offline database at the Jewish Studies Library.

The Jewish Studies Library
13 Croitorilor Street
400162, Cluj-Napoca


The research programme aims at uncovering and recording the Jewish reference documents, books and periodicals that can be discovered in the Romanian archives and public libraries, in order to reevaluate the rich Jewish historical and cultural traditions in Romania. Important research work has been conducted on Jewish history, the history of the Hebrew books printed in Transylvania, the history of the Yiddish press in Romania. Furthermore, studies on the image of the Transylvanian Jews in the collective memory and of the Holocaust in Romania between history and memory have been carried out in partnership with the Institute of Oral History of the Babeş-Bolyai University.

The goals of the research program are:

  • to inventorise archival documents about the Jews in Romania
  • to inventorise Jewish books in Hebrew, Yiddish, Romanian, German, Latin, and Hungarian that can be found in the Romanian archives and public libraries
  • to inventorise and research the Jewish cemeteries in Romania
  • to catalogue and microfilm the Jewish periodicals in Hebrew, Yiddish, Romanian, German, Latin and Hungarian that can be discovered in the Romanian archives and public libraries
  • to conduct oral history research on the Holocaust of the Jews in Northern Transylvania, based on testimonies and interviews provided by survivors from this area
  • to provide monographs and academic articles about the Jewish communities in Romania