New Titles and Current Periodicals
During 2006, 8,680 new Israeli titles were registered by the Legal Deposit Department: 6,866 books, 1,141 new periodicals, and 673 non-print titles, such as CDs and cassettes. In addition, 14,015 issues of current periodicals were received. Although not covered by Legal Deposit, the Library also received 1,554 masters’ theses and 934 doctoral theses.
The Library's catalogue is the most comprehensive in Israel, and includes the vast majority of the titles published in Israel.
Hebrew and Other Languages
Most of the books are in Hebrew: 5,900 titles. The next common languages are English: 528 titles, and Russian: 196 titles. This year 133 new Arabic titles were recorded, constituting a 33% increase compared to the previous year.
The rise in the number of Arabic books deposited is due to strengthening ties between the National Library and Arabic language publishers. The National Library assumes that the number of Arabic titles published in Israel is greater than that is recorded by the Library, and will continue to make an effort in the coming years to locate and record them.
38 French titles were published in Israel last year, 26 in Spanish and 16 in Romanian.
13 publications in various Jewish languages were received: 10 in Yiddish, 2 in Judeo-Tajikic (the language of Bukharan Jewry) and one in the Tat language of the Caucasian immigrants.
A few books were published in other languages, such as German, Dutch, Polish and Italian.
Most of the Hebrew books, about 88% were originally written in Hebrew, and about 12% were translated into Hebrew.
The breakdown of the 6,866 books is as follows:
Children Books and Text Books
About 484 books for children and youth were deposited in the library – about 7% of the total number of books received.
In addition, 203 text books were deposited – about 3% of the total number of books received.
Type of Publishing
51% of the books were published by commercial publishing houses.
9% of the books were published by the government and governmental institutions.
5% of the books were published by educational institutions – universities, colleges and schools.
18% of the books were published by associations, foundations, museums, community centers and other organizations.
17% of the books were self-published by authors.
The orthodox and ultra-orthodox sector was responsible for 24% of the total titles that were published in Israel in 2006.
The National Library's Legal Deposit Department maintains an extensive listing of Israeli publishers
, including many minor publishers who issue only a few books a year. The information includes address, telephone, and fax number of each publisher. The database contains 1,452
active publishers and organizations, which engage in publishing.
966 are commercial publishing houses, and 486 are non-commercial.
497 publishers published for the orthodox sector, and 6 for non-Jewish religious communities.
English was the main language for 35 publishers, while 325 publishers published in English as well as Hebrew. 19 publishers published mainly in Russian, and 45 publishers published in Russian besides Hebrew. 18 publishers published mainly in Arabic, and 33 published in Arabic in addition to Hebrew or other languages.