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Jewish and Hebrew Studies Guide

Shelf numbers

Shelf numbers of books in the main library (some are prefixed with EJ).


Major Shelf numbers for Jewish Studies and Hebrew are:

221 Old Testament

222 Historical books of Old Testament

223 Poetic books of Old Testament

224 Prophetic books of Old Testament

296 Judaism

296.07 Education, research, related topics

296.082 Women—religion—Judaism

296.083 Children—religion—Judaism

296.09 Historical, geographic, persons treatment

 296.1 Sources

296.3 Theology, ethics, views of social issues

296.4 Traditions, rites, public services

296.6 Leaders, organization, religious education, outreach activity

296.7 Religious experience, life, practice

296.8 Denominations and movements

492 Afro-Asiatic languages; Semitic languages 

839.09 Yiddish

892 Afro-Asiatic literatures; Semitic Literatures

892.4 Hebrew literature

892.416 Hebrew poetry--1947-1999

892.417 Hebrew poetry—2000-

892.435 Hebrew fiction--1885-1947

892.436 Hebrew fiction--1947-1999

930 History of ancient world to ca. 499

933 History of Ancient World; Palestine to 70 CE

940 Holocaust

956 Israel; Palestine

968 South African Jewish History


The Jewish Studies Library

The Jewish Studies Library contains an interdisciplinary multilingual collection of books, pamphlets & periodicals in the field of Jewish Studies. It also holds an extensive collection of archival materials from Jewish institutions and private individuals in the Western Cape, that is administered by UCT Libraries’ Manuscripts and Archives Department.

The Jewish Studies Library is both a part of the network of UCT Libraries, and of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research.

We are situated in the Kaplan Centre, in Rachel Bloch House on the Upper Campus. Entrance is either from Madiba Circle or from Library Road.


 Jewish Studies Library Hours

Mondays to Fridays: 10h00 to 12h00
Saturdays: Closed


After-hours service:
Please contact or 021 650 5944



Jewish Studies Library Contact

Jewish Studies Library
Rachel Bloch House
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch 7701

Telephone: +27 21 650 5944



Subject Guide

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Glynnis Johnson
University of Cape Town Libraries
Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
Office 5, Research Wing (Level 4)
Main Library
Tel: + 27 (0)21 650-5944