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In Tribute: The Card Catalogue

For many of us, the card catalogue was the first place we stopped on any library visit.  Times have changed.  Today, with the advent of  search engines, computerized catalogues, and digital collections available online, the card catalogue had been slated to become a forgotten remnant of days gone by.

However, the National Library of Israel has found a way to celebrate what formed the core of our library experience before the innovations of the digital age.

        Photo credit: Yossi Zamir 

The traditional card catalogues, best recognized by their solid wood frames and index card sized drawers, have been installed in a new exhibit in the main lobby. This exhibition is inspired by and reflects the current renewal process transforming the National Library.
House of Cards – Reconstructed, curated by Irena Gordon, presents eight leading Israeli artists working in the visual arts. Each artist was asked to use the card catalog cabinet as a piece for their emotional, aesthetic and philosophical journey about the intersection between knowledge and language, and the role of libraries in defining the dialogue between the written word and the visual world.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibit at the National Library from Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.​