Conference Proceeding: A Jewish Library in a Godless Institution

University College London was founded as an explicitly secular institution, the first of its kind in England. Unlike the other universities, religion was not a requirement for admission, there was no theology department and no place of worship. Yet within a century, UCL was home to one of the most important Judaica libraries in the UK. This talk will recount the history of UCL’s Jewish Studies collections and examine how the secular ethos of the college has affected their development.

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