The Schneerson library is a unique collection of books, that belonged to the dynasty of Lubavitch tzadiks before the Russian Revolution and was nationalized by the Soviet Government in the 1920s
The Schneerson collection at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow includes significant and once inaccessible portion of the famous library of the Lubavitcher Rebbes – leaders of the Habad movement (founded in the late 18th – early 19th century). In 1915, the Lubavitscher Rebbes fleeing from the approaching German troops moved their private library from their residence in Lubavitch to a safe storage in Moscow. After the 1917 Russian revolution, the Bolshevik regime nationalized the Schneerson Library. Thus, it became a state property and was deposited to the Lenin State Library (today's Russian State Library).
In 2013 the Schneerson collection, a special branch of the Russian State Library, was moved to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. Materials of the Schneerson collection are utilized by several research projects aiming at study of Jewish booklore in Russian Federation. One of the goals of these projects is to expose Jewish culture to broad audience through the exhibitions held at the Schneerson library.
Most books from the Schneerson collection are fully digitized and available through the RSL Digital Library.
In order to experience the Schneerson books first-hand you need a library card of Russian State Library, it’s free (ID required) and done instantly on the premises. You don’t need to buy a museum ticket to visit the library or book exhibitions.