The Wiener Library
The Wiener Library (in full,
The Library houses over 60,000 books, 10,000 photographs and many thousands of items in the document collection. Its press archive contains over 2 million items, and is stated to be the most extensive archive on National Socialism in the world.
The Library is devoted to increasing awareness of the need for racial and religious understanding, and to the importance of maintaining vigorous democratic traditions.
The Library concentrates on the 20th century, but it does also contain material relating to earlier times. Subjects within its aegis include Far Right ideologies and movements such as Nazism and Fascism, matters relating to genocide and antisemitism and exile studies. The Library specialises in modern Jewish history, the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, and the continuing survival of Nazi and Fascist movements in the post-war world.
The Library contains books, periodicals, unpublished memoirs, original documents and eye witness testimonies, including a large collection from the 1950s, press cuttings and photographs; and also video and multi-media resources.
Up to a third of the collection contains pre-war
material, and new material continues to be acquired. Because of its nature, a significant part of
the collection is in German. Material
published in countries other than
Attention is drawn to the availability of a leaflet from the Library Primary Sources at the Wiener Library: A Guide for Users.
The Library is open to researchers and the public, free, as a reference library. You can borrow books if you become a member, which costs between £12.50 and £30 a year depending on your status.
When you first visit you will need to show some form of picture ID (such as a new-style driving licence) and proof of address (such as a gas bill) or, if you are an undergraduate student, a letter of introduction from your tutor. Telephone beforehand if you are in doubt about what is required.
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|Telephone:||020 7636 7247|
|Fax:||020 7436 6428|
|Physical access:||From the street, up three steps|
|Bus:||C2, 18, 27, 30, 88, 135|
|Photocopying:||Facilities are available; A4 10p, A3 20p.|
|Microfilm printouts:||15p for A4, 30p for A3.|
|Opening hours:||Mondays-Fridays, ; Last orders for books|
Eric E Pollock November 2004