The National Library functions as the "national memory" of the State of Israel and Eretz Israel. The Israel Collection is based on The Books Law – Legal Deposit (2000)
, which requires that two copies of any item printed and published in Israel (50 copies and above) be submitted to the National Library. The materials of the Israel Collection relate to the languages, culture, and homeland of the Jewish people, in Hebrew and in other languages. The aspiration of this top priority collection is to achieve comprehensive coverage of all relevant works, in all languages.
Central Themes in the Israel Collection
The Israel Collection covers several subject areas: Zionism; the Arab-Israeli conflict; social and historical issues; Israel in international relations; tourism; the arts; minority groups; archeology; literature about Israel in languages other than Hebrew; Hebrew literature translated into other languages; journalism; Israel-related official publications issued by international organizations such as NATO and the United Nations.
Formats: The Israel Collection includes newspapers, periodicals, maps, audio-visual material, posters, films, DVDs, ephemera, photographs, and the personal archives of prominent individuals in the fields of culture, philosophy and art.
The Rare Books Department houses the Library's most unique and expensive treasures
The Israeli Press Collection contains all the periodic publications published in Israel, in all languages.
The collections of the Music Department include the complete personal archives of leading composers, as well as the archives of Israeli musical institutions.
The Eran Laor Collection includes ancient maps from as early as the fifteenth century.
ARCHINET: Israeli Internet Archive
The National Library, the national body entrusted with the preservation of Israeli culture, announces a new initiative: the creation of an archive of Israeli websites.