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Announcements and Updates


 Opening Hours - Memorial & Independence Day

National Memorial Day Eve, Tuesday April 17th – the Library will close at 7pm.

National Memorial Day, Wednesday April 18th – 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 April 19th – the Library will be closed.​


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Library Closing due to the Jerusalem Marathon

Due to the Jerusalem Marathon and closing of access routes to Givat Ram area, the National Library will be closed on Friday, March 9th, 2018.



 ‭(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)‬ Noise Disturbances

On Tuesday, January 9 2018, due to an event that will be held at the Library, there may be some noise and disturbances as of 16:00.

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


 ‭(Hidden)‬ Changes in traffic arrangements Givat Ram

Starting December 2017 there will be changes in the traffic arrangements near Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram and a new location for the JDC Israel bus stop.


Click here for full information.


 ‭(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)‬ 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)‬ 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.​