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Reference Services, Hours & Contact Information

The YIVO ARCHIVES holds manuscripts, private papers, organizational files, photographs, films, posters, artworks, artifacts, and sound recordings; while the YIVO LIBRARY holds books, periodicals, and newspapers.

The YIVO Archives is open to the public, by appointment only, made at least 1 week in advance. Due to the high volume of inquiries it may take up to 1 week to receive a response.

GENERAL ARCHIVES: archives@yivo.cjh.org
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Monday thru Thursday
The General Archives includes documents, manuscripts, letters and other archival genres of material categorized as papers of individuals, records of organizations, and subject collections.
PHOTO and FILM ARCHIVES: photofilm@yivo.cjh.org
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Monday thru Friday
The Photo Archives holds about 150,000 photographs on Jewish life around the world and more than 120 archival films.
MUSIC ARCHIVES: archives@yivo.cjh.org
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Monday thru Thursday
The General Archives includes documents, manuscripts, letters and other archival genres of material categorized as papers of individuals, records of organizations, and subject collections.
SOUND ARCHIVES: soundarchives@yivo.cjh.org or call 212-294-6169.
By Appointment
The Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of YIVO Sound Recordings holds about 20,000 recordings, including 78rpm discs (around 6,500 titles), LPs (over 2,500 albums), cassettes, and compact discs, as well as non-commercial, one-of-a-kind field and private recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial music, klezmer, comedy, radio, and spoken word.
ART AND ARTIFACTS: archives@yivo.cjh.org
By Appointment
The Art and Artifacts Collection includes paintings, drawings, rare prints, set designs, costumes, artifacts, and traditional and ceremonial art. There are about 3,000 original art objects.

MICROFILMS:
Once an appointment has been made with an archivist to use a YIVO Archives collection, researchers must reserve a Microfilm reader/printer in advance by calling (917) 606-8217.

OFF-SITE COLLECTIONS:
Off-site Materials may take up to 3 weeks from time of request to availability and access may not be possible for all materials. A fee may be assessed. For access to off-site materials in archival collections, please contact archives@yivo.cjh.org. For access to off-site library materials, please contact Head Librarian Lyudmila Sholokhova at lsholokhova@yivo.cjh.org.

REPRODUCTIONS & PERMISSIONS:
Read more about Reproductions & Permissions.

View and/or download the YIVO Reproductions Price List/Access Form.

YIVO LIBRARY
For all questions pertaining to Library materials, which includes books and newspapers and journals contact the Library please contact: libraryinquiries@yivo.cjh.org

YIVO Library materials are available in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room. The reference collection, consisting of 3,000 titles, is an open-stack collection. The remaining holdings are closed-stack materials.

Hours: Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:30 PM. Friday, last call for paging is 12:30 PM.
All requests for Sunday usage must be received by 4:30 PM on the preceding Thursday.

If you would like to donate books to the YIVO Library, please contact Head Librarian Lyudmila Sholokhova at lsholokhova@yivo.cjh.org for more information

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