The Wiener Library is Britain's largest collection on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Built up over 80
years, this independent lending library situated in central London is open to the public.
The emphasis is on the 20th century, especially on the Holocaust and its causes and legacies,
including antisemitism, refugees, remembrance and memory, war crime trials, genocides, and on contemporary European Jewish history.
While in the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies there is an awareness of our collection, little do people know that out of our 70,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals, over 35,000 are in German, and 16,000 are not available elsewhere in the UK. The Wiener Library also holds over 1,500 eyewitness accounts, a million press cuttings, 17,000 images, 1,500 document collections and the digitial copy for Britain of the vast Archive of the International Tracing Service. We actively add to our collection.
The Wiener Library organises evening events that are free and open to the public - often in
co-operation with, for example, the Leo Baeck Institute, Birkbeck College or the German and
By being part of GRIB, The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide hopes to:
- increase the awareness of the Wiener Library as a place for German studies, for the study of German history, literature and culture, and of German-Jewish history, literature and culture
- increase the use of our German documents, books, pamphlets, periodicals and press archive
- raise our profile generally
- increase professional exchange of skills and information among librarians and library studies students to improve the services to readers for all participating institutions
By Miriam Haardt, Deputy Senior Librarian
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square