The Oxford Samson Judaica Library

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DSC08557.JPGThe Samson Judaica library of Oxford is the largest accessible Judaica library in central Oxford. It consists of thousands of books covering many subjects, including history, Biblical studies, Jewish law, mysticism, Hasidism, Holocaust, biographies, literature, responsa, memoirs and much more. The Oxford Chabad Society founded the library with the generous support of the Samson family of Toronto, Canada, and we are grateful to them for helping fulfill a vision of creating a Judaica library that will serve Jews and non-Jews alike who are interested in Jewish studies. In a small city like Oxford that has 173 libraries, opening another library is hardly something novel. However, to be true, the Samson Judaica library fits very well with its surrounding and provides a unique glimpse into the field of Jewish studies with a rich collection of contemporary works, mixed with Hebrew classical works, mostly translated into English, accessible to the general public. With the library fully catalogued, we invite students and community to use the library at their convenience and take the opportunity to borrow books by signing out at the Centre's office. Books part of sets can not be borrowed. As the library is continuously expanding, please contact the Oxford Chabad Society with suggestions of books you would like to see in the library.


Search for books in the Samson Judaica library online

To browse or search for books in the Samson Judaica library, click here and type your search item in the box: 'search this library.'

To view the categories of books, look at the TAGS tab in the catalogue by clicking here.

To read more about how to use the library click here .



The Samson Judaica library is situated at the Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ, with additional books at the Chabad House, 75-75A Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR.

The library benefits from a scholar in residence, Rabbi Eli Brackman, who is comfortable with the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts, as well as contemporary works.  Rabbi Eli can be contacted at [email protected]  or 07772 079 940.


NEW collections at the library

Jewish Art: To read about and view the new collection on Jewish Art - click here

Jews of Germany: To view this important new collection on Jews of Germany - click here


Manuscripts displays at the library

To view the exhibition - Book of Esther manuscripts, click here.

To view the exhibition - Passover Haggadah manuscripts, click here.

To view the exhibition - High Holiday Machzor manuscripts, click here.

To view the exhibition - Chanukah Menorah manuscripts, click here.


Opening hours  

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs, 10:30am-5:30pm or by appointment [email protected] / 07772 079 940.

The library is also open for browsing on weekends during Friday evening Shabbat dinners and other scheduled events. See our termly Termcard at for updated programme of events.

There is also the Oxford Kosher cafe and lounge on site with free WiFi.

Looking forward to welcoming you at the library.