The Israel Collection
Following the establishment of the State of Israel, The Books Law – Legal Deposit (2000) (Hebrew) was enacted, requiring anyone publishing material in Israel to submit two copies of the publication to the National Library of Israel within a month of publication. As such, the National Library preserves all deposited publications, regardless of language, format, subject or quality, and in doing so the collection of Isaeli books comes into being.
The Importance and Meaning of the Israel Collection
As the Israel Collection is a collection of every book and journal published in Israel in over 50 copies, it includes a variety of topics – novels, children's books, research papers – in many languages, including Hebrew, Russian, and Arabic. As such, the collection is a documentation of the culture and atmosphere of Israeli society. Alongside the collection and preservation of the materials, the National Library enables access to these materials, even after their publication. As a result, and in keeping with the equal access to information principle in the State of Israel, all readers are permitted to read and browse the materials published in Israel. Parts of the collection can be found on open shelves in the various reading rooms, while other parts can be ordered to the main reading rooms using the online ordering service.