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Copyright and Terms of Use Verification Services for items within the Collections of the National Library of Israel


​The National Library of Israel does not hold the copyright of the works within its collections. Some of the items in the National Library collections are protected under copyright law, and certain collections and items have been donated to the Library subject to specific contracts regarding terms of use. The Library enables its users to use the items in the Library for purposes such as reproduction for personal or commercial use, publication,  creating new works, etc., pursuant to their copyright status and the contracts which apply to them.

​Permission to Use Works

1. Permission to use works that are under copyright or limited by contract:

The user must contact the copyright holder or the owner of the item and request permission for use. There is no need to request permission from the Library.


2. Permission to use works which are not under copyright  and not limited by contract:

Any use is permitted. The Library does not condition  use  upon payment or other requirements.

​Information on Copyright Status and Terms of Use

In order to make its collections more accessible to the public, the Library provides information regarding status of copyright and terms of use of the items in its collections. You may initiate a status inquiry with an online form.

 The National Library of Israel makes every effort to ascertain the copyright status and terms of use of items in its collections, and supplies such information in accordance with the data in its possession.

It is important to note that information supplied by the Library regarding the copyright status and terms of use of an item does not in any way constitute legal advice, and use of the items is the sole responsibility of the user. The user shall not be entitled to make any claims whatsoever against the Library and/or its employees and/or representatives for any damage caused to the user in reliance upon such information.

Terms of Service

The copyright and terms of use verification service is free of charge for any request of up to ten items. The Library charges 15 NIS per item from the eleventh item upwards.

The calculation of items for each inquiry is as follows: all inquiries from the same user on the same day are considered as one inquiry, so ten inquiry forms or ten emails from the same user in one day are considered as one inquiry of ten items.

An item is generally material with a specific system number. For instance, two volumes of a book listed under the same system number are one item, but two documents from one archive, where each document has a different system number, are two items.

Inquiry Forms for Copyright and Terms of Use Verification, by item type:

1. Manuscript
2. Archival document
3. Print or electronic newspaper or periodical
4. Print or electronic book
5. Miscellaneous, e.g. map, poster, ketubbah, picture, photograph, sound recording, musical score, film et al.