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Borrowing Materials

Circulation Department

The Circulation Department handles loans to individuals and institutions. You must have a valid library card in order to borrow materials.


The Department also handles permissions for viewing special collections items.

The Circulation Desk is located in the ground floor, it is open on Sunday-Thursday between 9:00-18:00.

Telephone: 074-733-6414

Ordering books from the stacks:

You can order books from the stacks for use in the reading rooms, or to borrow, using the online catalogue from any computer connected to the Internet (see Order Online).
Ordering Rare Items >>

To see if a copy may be borrowed:

After you have logged in to your account in the Library webstie, locate the item you want using the Library's online catalogue, and click on "Order".
  •  Copies specified as "Requestable to Reading Rooms" can be ordered to a reading room and are for in-library use only.
  •  Copies specified as "Copy for Loan" may be borrowed.

To borrow books for home use, you must open a library card and purchase a membership:

You can purchase a subscription for one year or 6 months.
Click here to view the full Price List >>
  •  To apply for a library card you must have a valid ID
  •  foreign citizens must present their passport and to make a deposit.

Free membership eligibility:

Institutional affiliationRequired Document

The Hebrew University:
Students for all degrees

Faculty and administrative staff 

​Student card or staff ID
Other Universities in Israel:
Masters and Doctoral Students, as well as scholars.
​A letter of guarantee from the academic institution.
Undergraduates and staff from the following institutions:
 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,
     The David Yellin Academic College of Education, Efrata College,
     Hadassa College, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem College,
     The Jerusalem College of Engineering, Kaye Academic College of Education,
     Lev Academic Center
 (JCT: The Jerusalem College of Technology – Machon Tal
     and Machon Lev), Ono Academic College, Sha’arei Mishpat College, 
     Shaanan College, Shalem College, The Schechter Institutes, Israel
     Antiquities Authority, The College of the Literary Arts Poetry Place,
     The Open University of Israel,​ IDC
      Herzliya, Orot Israel College of Education.​
A letter of guarantee from their academic ins​titution
​​First year immigrants to Israel (Olim)Oleh's certificate​

Book Loan Limit and Loan Periods:


GroupNumber of booksLoan Period
Citizens, B.A. students10 book30 days
M.A. students, Library employees, Faculty and administrative staff of the Hebrew Univestiry, Lecturers and PhD students, Hebrew University professors etc.40 books90 days​

the reader is responsible for returning the books to the Library at the end of the loan period. Materials are not renewed automatically, and non-returned items will incur a fine (5 NIS per item, for every day the item is overdue).

Renewing Materials:

Items that have not been requested by another user may be renewed.
Materials may be renewed using the online catalogue. Login to "Merhav", enter your user name and password. Then click on "My Account".
You can also renew materials by calling the department:  074-7336-414/3.

Late Fines for Late Library Returns

The library collects fines for late returns of items. The fine is 5 NIS a day ​per item.


Lost Books

A reader who has lost an item lent out to him, has the options to choose between:
1) Independently purchasing the same item for replacement. Only an identical item will be accepted, including the relevant edition.
2) Payment for the lost item, determined by the acquisition department, with the addition of a handling fee for every lost item.

Permission for Rare Items and Archive Materials

Ordering rare items and archival materials requires a proper authorization from the Circulation Department.
For further details click here >>

Order online:

Order items (books and journals) via Merhav.
Special items (i.e. those that cannot be ordered online) can be ordered filling the Online order form.

Loan status:

If you ordered an item for loan, you will receive email notification shortly.
You may also telephone the Circulation department:  074-7336-414/3
For questions, comments and requests please contact:, and include your full name, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address.