The Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library


Source: Yiddish Books Online


The National Yiddish Book Center offers online access to the full texts of nearly 11,000 out-of-print Yiddish titles from its collection. The books can be browsed, read, downloaded or printed free of charge. These titles were scanned under the auspices of the Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, and have been made available online through the Internet Archive. The collection by may be searched by author, title, subject or keyword. Books may be read as animated "Flip Books," or downloaded and printed as PDF files.


The Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library was launched in 1998 by a major grant to the Yiddish Book Center from Steven Spielberg through his Righteous Persons Foundation.


The Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library is believed to be the only project ever to digitize an entire modern literature, preserving it permanently for future generations of readers, students, and scholars. The project began when diminishing supplies of popular Yiddish titles made it increasingly difficult for the Center to fill requests for important books. In addition, The Yiddish Book Center's collection of 1.5 million books was physically deteriorating, as pages and bindings yellowed and crumbled. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, every title in the Center’s collection has now been scanned, page by page, creating permanent computer files that can be readily reprinted, on demand, as high-quality, affordable new books.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2009