About us

About us

​The Library building and its Internet site will serve as a magnet for pupils in the Israeli formal and informal educational systems, who will be exposed to the full range of Israeli cultural works and Jewish and Israeli classics to reinforce their ties to their cultural roots. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the treasures of the Library will be integrated into the curriculum, which will be enriched with original documents in subjects such as history, Bible, Talmud, literature, civics and art.

(From: The National Library of Israel: Master Plan for Renewal 2010- 2016, pg. 16)

​The Educational Mission
The National Library is invested in facilitating and advancing a meaningful, challenging and enjoyable learning experience that will instill students with knowledge and skills based on the study of the Library's collections, among others – an experience that will strengthen teachers, students, families and educational organizations.
 
Our pedagogic philosophy is that the intelligent use of primary sources allows for the reinforcement and deepening of the connection between the students and their history, culture and heritage, and strengthens the skills and qualifications required for the 21st century student.
Map of Jerusalem
Amsterdam, 1657
 
The Library works to implement its educational goals via a number of significant actions – the establishment of a database of primary documents for teaching and learning, providing access to tools and activities, training teaching staff and educators and the establishment of informal educational programming for families and schools.
 
The Primary Document Database
At the foundation of the Education website at the National Library is a database of primary documents from the Library collections. These are items that were carefully chosen by educators to suit the current curriculum of the State of Israel. Alongside each primary document you can find detailed information and suggestions for how to integrate the primary document into your lesson.
In order to find a primary document, use the search box found at the top of the webpage. The primary document database is always growing and being updated. Please visit the website to keep up to date with new items.
 
Worksheets
On this site you will find worksheets for the analysis of various types of primary documents. You are may save and print the pages for use at home or at school.
Activities
Soon this site will feature interactive activities that encourage an enjoyable learning experience through play. The activities are based on the collection of primary documents adapted to the curriculum of the State of Israel.
 
Programs and Events
Visit this site for updates regarding educational programs and events that are taking place in the Education department of the National Library. We are developing educational programs for a wide and varied population of educators, students and families. You are welcome to be in touch with us to find the right educational program for your needs. We are always open to hearing and trying new ideas.
 

The National Library has started a pilot project with schools and educational institutions in London. A dedicated website in English with primary sources, lesson plans and other materials
Can be seen here.