The National Library of Israel was founded in 1892 as a world center for the preservation of Jewish thought and culture. Today, the National Library is the central institution devoted to national memory, not only of the State of Israel, but also of the Jewish people dispersed across the globe. The Library's mission, by law, is to "collect, preserve, cultivate and endow the treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture in general, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel, the State of Israel and the Jewish people in particular".
The resources of the National Library comprise over 5 million volumes of books (including incunabula), manuscripts, periodicals, personal archives, music, maps, photographs, and audio recordings. The Library’s collections are divided into four core areas: Judaica Collection, Israel Collection, Islam and Middle East Collection, Humanities collection. The quality and scope of the collections draw researchers, institutions, and individuals from all over the world.
The National Library of Israel is open to all. Groups interested in a guided tour with their own guide are requested to coordinate their arrival with the Visitors Center.
The following is a proposal for a self-guided tour.