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JGSGB Library

The JGSGB Library The Library contains more than a thousand books and other items relating to genealogy. The emphasis is on resources which can help those tracing Jewish ancestors. It is unrivalled by any other library in Europe. As well as books, there is an extensive collection of Genealogical Magazines from Societies all over the world collected over the last fifteen years, which includes Avotaynu (the world's largest circulation magazine devoted to Jewish genealogy). Some books are specific to particular towns/countries, others are genealogical textbooks or family histories prepared by individuals. Recent acquisitions include books issued by the Dutch Genealogical Society giving Births Marriages and Deaths records for Amsterdam & Rotterdam from the 17th century for both Sephardim and Ashkenazim and a selection published by French Genealogical Societies. The library is constantly being added to by purchase and by gifts from members. We are also appealing to our members who have duplicates of Genealogical books, or ones they no longer require, to donate them to the Library.

How do I find out what is in the Library?
The best way is to visit the library. It is located in Central London, near Marble Arch, and is for the use of members only, or those who pay £5 which is refundable against membership.  Members do not need to advise in advance if they plan to come to the Library on one of the regular opening days. The Library is open approximately twice per month. The dates of opening are shown on the current Programme of Activities.

There is a substantial collection of memorial books, mainly in Hebrew and Yiddish, available on request. Please visit the library for details.

How do I find an item in the library? Click here for an explanation of the JGSGB Library Classification Code, which is used for shelving

Show me some of the books in the Library Click here to see a random selection.

Search the Library Catalogue online

Try a simple search online

Download the Library Catalogue as a PDF file which can be searched on your PC

I am interested in family trees submitted by members view the Family Trees in the Library