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Announcements and Updates


 ‭(Hidden)‬ National Memorial Day and Independence Day 2019

National Memorial Day Eve, Tuesday May 7th – the library will close at 7pm.

National Memorial Day, Wednesday May 8th – the library will close at 1pm.

National Memorial Day ceremony will take place in Ardon Hall between 11am-11.30am. Visitors are welcome to participate.

Independence Day, Thursday May 9th – the library will be closed.



 ‭(Hidden)‬ Library Opening Hours during Passover 2019


Pesach Eve April 19th – closed.

Chol Hamoed (April 23rd-24th) the library will operate with limited services between 9am to 4pm:


• On Tuesday, April 23rd the General Reading Room will be closed. There will be no access to the reading room collection.
The Judaica & Islam Reading Room will be open for visitors. The staff will provide the items kept in the Humanities desk for use in the Judaica & Islam Reading Room. 


• On Wednesday, April 24th the Judaica & Islam Reading Room will be closed. There will be no access to the reading room collection and the photocopy room.


The General Humanities Reading Room will be open for visitors. The staff will provide the items kept in the Judaica & Islam desk for use in the General Humanities Reading Room.


• The Reference Desk will be open on both days. The Circulation Desk and all other Reading Rooms will be closed.

• The cafeteria will be closed throughout the holiday.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Maintenance work on April 18th, 2019


Due to maintenance work on the Library Catalogue, from Thursday evening until Saturday evening, 18-20.4, the “Aleph” catalogue will be unavailable. Users will still be able to search through “Merhav” system, but not to order items.


We apologize for the inconvenice.


 Operation of Upgraded Printing and Photo-Copying Services

We're pleased to announce that the Library has upgraded the printing and copy machine system with new and advanced technology.

We've positioned this new equipment specifically for the convenience of our visitors. In addition, the following new improvements have been put in place:

• Cloud printing through Mobile Print: You can send documents for printing from a laptop or any smartphone with email capabilities.
• We've reduced the price of printing and photo-copying to 0.20 agurot a unit (down from 0.25 agurot)
• You are now free to print documents from any and all the printers and photo-copiers spread throughout the library.
• We have installed automatic paper feeders in all the machines.
• You can now pay by credit card, as well as debit cards
• Your payment is processed immediately after use.

For more information on printing and copying services​, click here



 Increase in Loan Limit Policy

In order to improve loan services to our readers, as of October 3, 2018, the allotted number of books that can be borrowed will be increased. The updated borrowing policies are as follows:

GroupNumber of booksLoan Period
Citizens, B.A. students10 book30 days
M.A. students, Library employees, Faculty and administrative staff of the Hebrew Univestiry,etc.20 books30 days
Lecturers and PhD students, Hebrew University professors etc.40 books90 days

Please note that the lending services requires a loan subscription that can be arranged at the circulation desk.

For more information about our lending services, click here >>




 ‭(Hidden)‬ The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People has Been Launched

We are pleased to announce that the online catalog of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People has been launched through the catalog of the National Library.


Nearly 200,000 records from our collection are now available, and digital images of some of these materials are accessible online.


Not all of the archival records are available online; however we will continue uploading more of our collections in the coming months.​


Please note that the archives are not in the National Library building. The material cannot be ordered online but rather by contacting or visiting the Central Archives.



In the continuing efforts to improve our service for people with disabilities, two software programs designed to aid the blind and visually impared people, have been recently bought and installed:


JAWS Screen Reader:

A professional software that reads information on the screen and transfers it to speech. JAWS program provides functional keyboard commands in order to simplify the use of common programs, document editing, webpage reading, and more.


ZoomText Software:

A screen enlarger for visually impaired people. The program enables the enhancement and enlargement of the whole screen or parts of it with the use of various tools.


These programs are installed on the following library computers:

Judaica and Israel Reading Room (Floor 1) - Computer no. 7
General Reading Room (Floor 1) - Computer no. 2
Reference Desk (Lobby) - Computer no. 5


Priority use of those computers will be given to visually impaired people.


The library offers you lockers for storage of your personal equipment.


The lockers are situated on the ground floor opposite the main reference desk.

Sizes and prices:
There are two locker sizes, 45cm and 60cm

12 month rent 6 month rent 3 month rent  
160₪ 80₪ 40₪ 45 cm
180₪ 90₪ 45₪ 60 cm


For your information, the lockers are intended for storage of personal items, therefore please do not store in them the following items:
• Books or library collection items apart from those loaned from the circulation desk.
• Any kind of weapon
• Food and drink


The lockers have been supplied by the "Lockeron" company and they are their property.
"Lockeron" are responsible for use of the lockers including payment, contents and maintenance. The library holds no responsibility regarding payment or damage done due to use of the lockers.

The library has the authority to check the contents of the lockers when considered necessary.

For questions and maintenance requests, please contact "Lockeron" on Sunday-Thursday between 9:00-21:00.
Tel.  055-6688123

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Rare Items

On Sunday, February 14 2016, ordering rare items will be not be available.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Library computer services will work as usual

The system upgrade that was scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th, has been postponed. Please check this website and Facebook page for updates.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Systems will be down due to upgrade

Due to an upgrade in the Library's computer systems, Tuesday July 14th, 2015, between 20:00 and the following morning at 04:00, all the National Library's systems will be down: the website, the Merhav system, the catalog and access to digital items.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Library closed on Election Day

On Election Day, March 17th, 2015, the Library will be closed.




 ‭(Hidden)‬ Opening hours at the Department of Manuscripts

As of February 1st 2015, the opening hours at the Department of Manuscripts and the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts are:

         Sunday-Thursday: 09:00-18:00


Library services are available until 15 minutes before closing.

Department of Manuscripts


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Jerusalem Marathon: The Library will be closed on March 21st

​Due to the Jerusalem Marathon and the closing of access routes to Givat Ram, the National Library will be closed to the public on Friday March 21st 2014.

Online services will be available as usual.

We apologize for the inconvenience.​