Research Services

The Magnes provides a number of ways to access resources.

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Access Holdings

Magnes holdings reside in two locations: The Magnes building at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley, and The Bancroft Library on the UC Berkeley campus.

The Magnes Collection

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


The Museum holdings of The Magnes encompass two main areas: Jewish Art and Jewish Life. Jewish Art includes painting and sculpture, photography, works on paper, and artist books, as well as digital and mixed media.  Jewish Life includes thousands of objects representing personal and family rituals, synagogue and communal life, and the social interactions in the Jewish Global Diaspora. In addition, The Magnes has a reference library of secondary literature about the role of art in Jewish culture and society, including detailed documentation on the research, exhibitions, and public programs created by The Magnes since 1962.

The Bancroft Library

UC Berkeley Campus


The Western Jewish Americana archives of The Magnes at the Bancroft Library comprises over six hundred manuscript and pictorial holdings. Inquiries and requests regarding access to Magnes holdings housed in the Bancroft Library should be directed to Bancroft Library public services staff.

Florence Helzel Collection Study

2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Access to Museum holdings is available for research and teaching purposes in the Florence Helzel Collection Study. Appointments to view materials must be made at least two weeks in advance. For other conditions of use, see The Magnes Holdings Access Policy.

Research Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday, 11am – 3pm
Thursday, 11am – 2pm, by appointment.

Requests for access outside of normal public service hours will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For appointments to access Magnes holdings for research or teaching, please complete an Online Reference Form. You may also contact our Public Services at

Plan Your Research Visit

Researchers are encouraged to make full use of this website, as well as the following online tools:

Permission to Use Magnes Images

Taube Family Arthur Szyk  Collection
The Magnes only grants licenses for images of artworks that are part of the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection at The Magnes itself. For an entire list of Szyk works in the holdings, please search The Magnes database by entering the collection’s accession root number 2017.5.1 in the Identifying numbers search field.


Roman Vishniac Archive
The Roman Vishniac Archive is currently undergoing a comprehensive inventory. Permission requests will be considered after the inventory is complete.


Additional Magnes Holdings

For permissions in other holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, complete the Ask Reference Questions form.


All requests submitted by email must detail expected usage and include title and accession number