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About the Asher Library

About the Asher Library

The Asher Library at Spertus was established in the mid-1930s (and renamed in 1974 in honor of the generosity of Norman and Helen Asher).

It is one of North America’s largest Jewish libraries. The collection includes Jewish-interest fiction and non-fiction books, plus periodicals, films, and music from all over the world.

The Asher Library serves a diverse populace locally, nationally, and internationally, with a special emphasis on developing collections and services for Spertus students and the Jewish community. Our library is open to the public and responds to inquiries from around the globe.

Please note that Spertus Institute will be closed
a number of upcoming days for Jewish holidays.

Yom Kippur
Spertus Institute open until 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 3 (as usual)
and closed on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Spertus Institute open until 3 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8. 
Closed all day Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9 and 10.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Spertus Institute open until 3 pm on Wednesday, Oct.15. 
Closed all day Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16 and 17.


Asher Library Catalog

Asher Library online access and borrowing privileges are available to Spertus students, faculty, and members.

Sign in to My Library Card to check your membership expiration date and renew your books.


The Feinberg eCollection is a collection of Jewish Studies databases which give full-text access to Biblical and Rabbinic sources as well as scholary journals.

THE SENTINEL (1911-1949)

Digitized issues of The Sentinel, a Jewish weekly published in Chicago, are available by PDF.


Asher Library Hours
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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