Ostrow Library

Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library and the Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles

library_books[2].jpgThe Ostrow Library is designed to meet the needs of the University's faculty and students, as well as scholars conducting research in all fields of Jewish culture and civilization. Members of the general public are also invited to use the Library’s materials for personal enrichment and enjoyment. With approximately 110,000 print volumes, the library's collections have grown consistently through endowments, gifts of major private collections and an ongoing acquisition program. Its holdings include:

  • Collections in Bible, Business Administration, Education, Hebrew and English Literature, Israel and Zionism, Jewish History and Archaeology, the Middle East, Philosophy, Rabbinics, Social Science, Theology, and Yiddish.

  • The Rare Book Collection including the Maslan Bible Collection of approximately 4,000 Bibles from as early as the 16th century and the Kahlman-Friedmann Collection of Italian Judaica.

  • The Milken Liberal Arts Collection comprised of acquisitions in the arts and humanities.

  • A large collection of Jewish-themed books and VHS tapes formerly housed at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles as well as a growing collection of DVDs and CDs.

  • The Gindi Microfilm Collection which contains manuscript collections from the Jewish DSC_0103small[1].jpgTheological Seminary and several Jewish and Israeli newspapers from the turn of the 20th century.

  • An extensive collection of dissertations published in the United States on Jewish subjects.

  • Students, Staff, and visitors to the campus have access to databases containing thousands of journals as well as over 40,000 electronic books.


The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library and the Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library were in part made possible through the generous assistance of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.