Update Fall 2021: We’re delighted to announce that the new Library is open to the JTS community. The Library is following all JTS COVID-19 protocols, as well as additional, library-specific protocols. At this time, no outside visitors are permitted in the Library. Please see details below.

Who Can Use the Library?

  • Use of the Library is currently available only to JTS students, faculty, and staff.
  • At this time, no outside visitors are permitted in the Library.

Limited Capacity and Social Distancing 

  • Users may freely enter the library. Each user will sign-in with name, contact information, and the time they enter the library. Once we meet the safe library capacity, we will ask the person who came in first to leave (assuming they have already been present for two hours) to make room for additional users. 
  • Each seating alcove may be used by one person at a time. The same is true for the collaboration room.   
  • Only one person may sit on alternating sides of adjacent carrels, so that no person is within six feet of another without a divider of some type.  
  • Seating will be spaced out. We ask that you keep all the library’s chairs in the position in which you find them. 


  • Bring your laptop and use the Library’s robust Wifi. There are no public computers available for use in the Library. 


Please contact one of our reference librarians at library@jtsa.edu or call them at 212-678-8844. They will be happy to answer questions or help you with what you need.

Library Hours

Spring 2022

  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Library is closed on all Jewish holidays and on the following national holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

Library Borrowing Card

JTS students must validate their JTS ID card at the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of each semester and present it to JTS Library staff.

Account Access  

Your JTS email ID and password can be used to sign in to Makor, our online discovery tool, to access full-text articles, ebooks, and Hebrew text databases. 

Your JTS Library Borrower Card number and Pincode can be used to manage retrieving and borrowing printed materials. Contact library staff to get your Borrower credentials.

  • To order a book from storage (i.e., place a hold on that book): Click on “sign in” on the upper right corner of the Makor screen and, with your Library Borrower Card number and Pincode, sign in to your account. Then search for item, click on “Location,” click on “Request,” and complete the form. You will be notified when the item is available for pickup.
  • To renew items: Log in to your account, click on “Loan,” select the item for renewal, and click “Renew.” The new due date will appear. Items can be renewed up to three times.
  • Overdue books and fines: No online activity may be conducted for overdue books. Fines may be viewed on your account. Payment of fines and unblocking of accounts must be done by contacting Library staff.

Fines and Fees

  • Fines are accrued at $0.50 per day per item for days The Library is open.
  • Unpaid fines result in the blocking of your account and can hold up your registration.
  • Lost or damaged book fees are the cost of the book plus a processing fee.

For more information, please contact the circulation desk at library@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8844.

E-Reserve Readings

To find course readings placed on reserve, JTS students can log in here

Exhibition and Loan of JTS Materials

The JTS Library’s mission includes contributing to the education of the broad public. Consequently, we are happy to loan our items for exhibitions at established museums, libraries, and similar institutions. If you would like a copy of our loan guidelines, please send an inquiry to loanguidelines@jtsa.edu. For consultation regarding which items in our collection might be appropriate for your exhibition, be in touch with our librarian for Special Collections at specialcollections@jtsa.edu or our librarian for Jewish Art at jewishart@jtsa.edu.

Reference Services

Our reference librarians are available to help you in person, or you can contact them at library@jtsa.edu or at (212) 678-8844. Research guides are available in print and online. Reference services are available during regular Library hours.

For reference requests in specialized areas:

  • Make an appointment to find reference assistance for our Music collection, audiovisual materials, or microform materials by calling (212) 678-8844.
  • Request reference assistance for Special Collections by emailing specialcollections@jtsa.edu or calling (212) 678-8973.
  • Request assistance with our archives by emailing archives@jtsa.edu or calling (212) 678-8973.  
  • Request assistance with our art collection by emailing jewishart@jtsa.edu or calling (212) 678-8975.

Interlibrary Loan

The JTS Library provides Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services, allowing users to obtain materials that are not at The Library. Any user with borrowing privileges at The Library may use this service. (Since JTS students and faculty have borrowing privileges at Columbia University, The Library does not make ILL requests for items found in the Columbia University libraries.) 

Libraries wishing to borrow from JTS will be charged a $15 per item fee. Requests should be placed through OCLC.

Reproduction Services and Permissions

The JTS Library provides a full range of reproduction services. See our fee schedule below. We also give permission to reproduce images or texts from our materials for books, films, and other media. Send request forms to librarypermissions@jtsa.edu.

Digital Images (including Rare Materials and Archives)

Service Fee (Not-for-Profit Users) Fee (For-Profit Users)
Copies of Existing Digitized Images $5.00/image $10.00/image
Reproduction of Existing Negative to TIFF $30.00 $30.00


Note: Photocopies are permitted of the general collection and archival material, with the latter subject to the approval of the archivist or library staff.

Material Fee
Archival $1.00/page
General Photocopies $0.15/page

 Reproduction for Publication

Cover Interior Page
$300.00 $50.00

Usage Fees for Film, Video, and Web Images

Use Fee (Not-for-Profit) Fee (For-Profit)
Internet $25.00/image $50.00/image
Film/Video/TV $50.00/image $75.00/image

Note: There is a 5 percent levy on credit card payments.