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Changes in opening hours and services


 Noise disturbances

Between Thursday-Friday, October 26-27 2017, due to an event that will be held at the Library, there may be some noise and disturbances on Thursday as of 16:00.

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


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

The Opening of the Renewed Archives and Manuscripts Reading Room

We are happy to a​nnounce the opening of the renewed Archives and Manuscripts reading room, after an extensive renovation period, done for the benefit of our patrons. The reading room opened on Sunday, November 6th, 2016.

As part of our services, the Archives and Manuscripts desks have been combined into a single unit, and new digital readers have been acquired for the benefit of reading manuscripts.

We look forward to seeing you in the renewed reading room,
The National Library Staff 



 ‭(Hidden)‬ New – Online Orders for Periodicals!

We are happy to announce that it is now possible to order periodicals online, similar to the order service for books. 

Approximately 800,000 volumes are now available for ordering online. You can order the exact volume of whichever periodical you need before your arrival at the Library.

Since the process has not been completed, in some cases the order will still be done through the proper form.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Stacks Storeroom Systems Upgrade

Stacks Storeroom Systems Upgrade

On Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, orders from the stacks will be provided up until 18:00 due to a systems upgrade for storeroom. On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, orders from the stacks will start from 10:30.


We apologize for the inconvenience.


 ‭(Hidden)‬ National Remembrance Day and ​Independence Day 2016

Opening hours:
National Remembrance Day Eve, Tuesday, ​May 10 – ​Open until 19:00
​​National Remembrance Day (early), Wednesday, May 11 – Open until 13:00
Independence Day (early), Thursday, May 12 – ​Closed

On Friday, May 13, the Library will be open as usual, until 13:00.


 ‭(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)‬ Merhav System Upgrade

Between Saturday and Sunday, we will be upgrading the MERHAV system
During this time, it will not be possible to conduct searches or order items using Merhav. Items can be searched through the old catalogue.
In addition, the ULI will be available only in its old version.

We apologize for the 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)‬ Possible disruption of catalogue and ordering service

On Wendsday, June 10th, 2015, between
20:00 and 21:00 due to a software upgrade in our systems.
Our staff is doing its best to return the systems to their full normal function.

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)‬ Potential Disturbances

Due to preparations for the meeting of the National Library's Global Forum, on Sunday October 19th some noise and disturbances may be experienced at the library.

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


 ‭(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.​