Library and Archives


Since 1977, we have been collecting material that supports the mission of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, with primary emphasis on the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism, and Jewish communities around the world.  Since the opening of the Museum of Tolerance in 1993, we have expanded to include tolerance, racism, multiculturalism, civil rights, and human rights.

The Library

The Library has material for all ages and educational levels, in many languages.  In addition to books and periodicals, we also hold many other formats, including videos (VHS and DVD), audiocassettes and CDs, educational kits, visual materials (posters, slides, etc.), and microfilm.

Some of the resources you’ll find when you come into the Library include:

• A lending library; you can borrow up to 3 books at a time for 3 weeks
• The reference collection (encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.)
• Model library of Juvenile and Young Adult literature on themes supporting the mission of the Museum
• Genealogy resources
• Yizkor books (Holocaust memorial books)
• “Special Collections”: antisemitic and hate literature, Holocaust denial literature
• Reference assistance from professional staff, in person, by phone or via email

Every year we award the Once Upon a World Children's Book Award to the author of a recent book that promotes tolerance, diversity, understanding and social justice.

Learn about our circulation policies and how to borrow books.

Ask a Survivor

We are privileged to have Holocaust Survivors volunteering in the Library and Archives, offering assistance with translations, research and reference.  We offer the Ask a Survivor program whereby students, researchers, and others are able to ask a survivor a question and receive an answer.

The Archives

The Archives is a repository for primary source material, including over 50,000 photographs, thousands of documents, diaries, letters, artifacts and memorabilia, artwork, and rare books. Some of our archival materials are on display in the Museum. You can also do research online using our digital archives.


Please call 310-772-7605 in advance to schedule an appointment.


The Library and Archives is located across the street from the Museum of Tolerance at 1399 South Roxbury Drive, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90035.


   The Library and Archives gratefully acknowledges the generosity of 
   many supporters over the years.

   We are particularly grateful to the following donors for dedication of 
   special projects:

          The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
          Danny and Amy Jacobson
          Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Levitin
          The Morris P. Liebovitz Foundation
          Dr. and Mrs. Alan Sandler
          Dr. Robert Winer


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