Visiting the Leo Baeck Institute

Scholars, genealogists, members, and the general public can use Leo Baeck Insitute’s collections directly in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History or by visiting LBI’s free, rotating exhibits in the Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery.

The LBI is located at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, on the north side of 16th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. From the East Side, take the 4, 5, 6, N, R, or L subway to the Union Square stop and walk west one and one-half blocks. From the West Side, take the 1, 9, 2, or 3 subway to 14th Street/7th Avenue or the A, C, E to 14th Street/8th Avenue and walk north two blocks to 16th Street and then east one and one-half blocks (two and one-half from the A, C, or E). NYC transit information is available from the MTA. Several budget hotels are located within walking distance.

The offices of the LBI are open Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm. The LBI is closed on national holidays and on Jewish holidays. Please make an appointment in advance when visiting the institute, as this schedule may change without notice.

Lillian Goldman Reading Room

The Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History

Researchers can access LBI collections in the The Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. The reading room includes an open-stack reference collection consisting of 3,000 titles. The remaining holdings are closed-stack materials.

Information about the hours and policies of the Lillian Goldman Reading Room is available on the Center for Jewish History’s website.

Upon arrival, visitors should notify the security staff at the entrance of the Center that they need a visitor pass for the Reading Room. All visitors are required to fill out a registration card and agree to the Center’s terms for conducting research. For details, click here, then select “Rules and Policies”. An archivist or a librarian of the LBI can be reached from the Reading Room to assist researchers during LBI office hours. While at the LBI, the researcher is responsible for treating LBI materials with care and returning them in good condition to a LBI staff member. If a researcher requests material that has been microfilmed, the microfilm, and not the original material, will be provided. This policy is intended to preserve original materials that are rare or fragile.

Researchers who plan to use LBI’s extensive collection of microfilms are encouraged to reserve a microfilm reader/printer in advance at Local users may reserve a reader for up to 3 hours per day, while users coming from outside the New York metro area may reserve a reader for full days, and reservations must be made at least one day prior to one’s visit.   Please call (917) 606-8217 with questions about Microfilm reader reservations.

Katherine and Clifford Goldsmith Gallery

The Katherine and Clifford H. Goldsmith Gallery is Leo Baeck Institute’s public exhibition space at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. LBI’s rotating exhibitions are always free unless otherwise noted.

Gallery hours:

  • Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Monday and Wednesday, 9:30am – 8:00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, 9:30am – 3:00pm