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Gifts and Donations

Receiving Donations at the Library - Gifts Division

The National Library welcomes the donation of books or collections of individual items from donors from Israel and around the world.  The Library has accumulated important assets in diverse fields of knowledge, such as Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, Humanities and the history of science. The Library's collections have been vastly enriched with the help of donors who recognize the cultural, educational, and historical  importance of the National Library, and choose to contribute to its treasures.  Many of the donations received by the Gifts Department are accompanied by touching stories about the donors' personal background, history, and life.

​What kinds of donations and gifts does the Library accept?

• Books
• Magazines
• Manuscripts
• Letters
• Maps
• Archives
• Recorded Sound
• Sheet music
• CD
• Discs
• Records
Areas of knowledge: items should be tied to Israeli and Jewish culture. However, important works from the other fields of knowledge or cultures will also find their place among the National Library's collections.

Core Collection Areas

Israel Collection: any publication publishes in Israel or over-seas and is connected to Israel.
The Israel collection is made up of several subdivisions:  Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, social and historical issues, literature fiction, children's literature, art, archeology, tourism and travelogues, foreign relations between Israel and other countries, minorities, literature on Israel in foreign languages, Hebrew literary fiction translated into other languages, newspapers and periodicals,  and official publications by international bodies like the U.N., NATO, and the European Union regarding Israel.

Judaica Collection:
• Judaism and Jewish interpretation
• People of Israel
• Jewish literary fiction
Islam and Middle East Collection

The Islam and Middle East collection in the National Library focusses on three geographical areas: the Middle East and North Africa, Central; West and South Asia; Muslim minorities in Western Europe and the United States.


Humanities Collection
The collection complements the Jewish Studies, Islam and Middle East, and Israel collections, providing background literature on the surrounding cultures, as well as ancillary research tools. The collection consists primarily of titles in English, German and French, alongside selected works in Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Greek, Russian and other languages.

The collection also serves the general scholarly needs of the public, including in disciplines and fields of knowledge that are not among its specialties, such as literature, art and the social sciences.



What happens after gifts are received:

Upon receiving a gift – if it is decided that indeed the item will be saved and become a part of the Library's collections, the item will undergo the usual  absorption process: cataloguing, classification and indexing.
Each donor is given a unique code, and upon request, a tag with the donor's name can be attached to each item.
Needless to say, the National Library cannot keep all of the gifts it receives. Donations and gifts that the Library decides not to keep will be offered to other libraries or sold to buyers interested in such items.

Important gifts that have been received by the National Library:

The Library's Archives Department houses private collections from the  estates of well-known figures such as Gershom Scholem, Agnon and "Echad Ha'am". The National Sound Archive includes known composers such as Paul Ben-Haim and Mordecai Setter.

The National Library gladly accepts contributions dealing with unique subject areas not covered by the Library's collection policy and that would not have been acquired in the framework of the Library's budget – chess, rules of conduct, James Joyce and more.

How can I donate? 

Prior to contacting the Library about a donation, please take the time to make a list of the items you wish to donate. You can provide a sample list. Please provide as much detail as possible: the language of the books, amount, physical condition, content, format, etc..
For more information, please contact Legal Deposit and Orders Department at the National Library:
Phone: 074-733-6200

For information about making monetary donations to the National Library of Israel please contact Zachary Rothbart at or 074.733.6152.