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Exhibition: Networks of Knowledge

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

The Leo Baeck Institute’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 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.

For more information on the exhibition please visit its dedicated page here.


Networks of KnowledgeOpening Night  
22nd May 2019, 5 p.m.  
Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall  
Followed by a Wine Reception


29th April – 22nd December 2019

Mile End Library, Second Floor & Queens’ Building, Entrance Hall
Queen Mary, University of London  
Mile End Road  
E1 4NS London


Organised jointly by:





LBI London