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The new exhibition “Networks of Knowledge” puts the spotlight on the Leo Baeck Institute’s Library and Pamphlet collection and presents some highlights from this resource to the public for the first time.

20 May 2019

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Photograph of Robert Weltsch looking at an exhibition in the German Historical Institute London, from the LBI Archive

The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI)’s Library is a rich scholarly resource, with many books and pamphlets of distinguished provenance. A large part of the library was gifted to the Institute by its first director, Robert Weltsch (1891-1982). The majority of the Institute’s collection of political pamphlets from the interwar period stems from Weltsch‘s bequest. Another significant acquisition was made in 2012, when the LBI’s second director Arnold Paucker (1921-2016) gifted his private scholarly library to the Institute. Since its foundation, the LBI has comprehensively collected the scholarly literature relating to its field of research, the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.

In 2017, the LBI and QMUL Library Services forged a new strategic partnership. The LBI’s collection is now housed in the Mile End Library, providing easier access for scholars and students alike, who are invited to draw on this rich resource for their studies and research.

In four sections, the “Networks of Knowledge” exhibition presents documents from the history of the LBI, documents concerning networks of Jewish émigré scholars in London and their exchanges with the continent, and collection strongpoints such as family memoirs and anti-Semitic propaganda.

The exhibition is open to the public and runs until December 2019. It is located across two sites on QMUL’s Mile End Campus: The Queens’ Building Entrance Hall, and the Second Floor of Mile End Library. If you are an external visitor, please speak to the Library Welcome Desk staff to be granted access to the Second Floor of the Library.



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