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Objectives and Functions

​The Objectives of the National Library

The Objectives of the National Library are to collect, preserve, cultivate and endow the treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture in general, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel, the State of Israel and the Jewish people in particular.​​

The Functions of the National Library

(In accordance with the “National Library Law 2007” (Hebrew) and the regulations of the National Library Co. Ltd (CC). (Hebrew)


​•​ To collect, preserve and cultivate the treasures of knowledge, the heritage and the culture of the State of Israel and of the Jewish people, including the expansion and enhancement of the Library’s collections;​
​•​ ​To serve as a home for the collections, archives, manuscripts, documents, maps, music and other audio treasures, graphic creations, audiovisual creations and electronic documents, as well as other items of unique national, historic or cultural significance;
​•​ ​To allow the public, in Israel and elsewhere, proper and reasonable access to the Library’s collections through a variety of channels, among them advanced technological means;
​•​ ​To serve as Israel’s central research library in its areas of expertise, in accordance with its objectives, as well as serving as the University research library in the Humanities fields, especially Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern stuides and Islamic studies;
​•​ ​To display permanent and changing exhibitions of collections to the public, including borrowed collections;
​•​ ​To provide cultural, literary and educational activities, geared towards the general public as well as specific audiences, including students;
​•​ ​To grant professional guidance in its fields of expertise, as fit, in accordance with its objectives, including the management of libraries at institutions of higher learning, Israel’s public libraries and libraries in Jewish communities outside of Israel;
​•​ ​To maintain professional ties with National libraries, public libraries and archives as well as cultural and educational institutions outside Israel;
​•​ ​To serve as a haven for the culture of books, including encouraging research in this realm and housing the Museum of the Book;
​•​ ​To maintain and operate an infrastructure that allows, among other things, suitable study, documentation, storage, preservation, presentation and research conditions.