· What is the difference between the search bar and the catalogue search?
The website’s search bar is designed to allow faster, easier and user-friendly searching. The intention is to offer users an alternative to the catalogue search. It is still possible, however, to search in the catalogue either by using the link next to the search bar or, after a search, using the link which appears within the search results.
· How does one get to the Libraries of Sound and Song and what are their opening hours?
The Libraries of Sound and Song are located on the Hebrew University's Edmond J. Safra campus, in Givat Ram, on the first floor of the National Library building.
Opening hours of the Libraries of Sound and Song are: Sunday - Thursday, 9:00-16:00.
· Is there any unique material in the Libraries of Sound and Song?
Most of the material in the libraries is unique.
The material is either part of an archive or a special collection built up by a collector (such as Yaakov Michael or Meir Noy), or is additional material that has been purchased by the National Library or received as a donation.
· Is it possible to read and make copies of manuscripts and printed musical material?
Manuscripts and printed musical material in The Libraries of Sound and Song can be read, photocopied or copied. A special request form must be filled in and handed to the librarian at the desk (for the application form click here).
Copying or photocopying of a manuscript is allowed only with the librarian's permission.
· Is it possible to copy audio files?
Copying of audio files in The Libraries of Sound and Song is not permitted.
In special cases (for research or educational purposes) contact Dr. Gila Flam, Head of the Music Department. If you receive permission for a copy you must fill in a form (for the application form click here).
· How can one contact the staff of the Libraries of Sound and Song?
One may submit questions, ideas and general requests by using the ‘Contact Us’ button on the search bar of the Libraries of Sound and Song page of the National Library's website.
In addition, the names of the staff and their details appear under the website’s ‘The Staff’ tab.
· What does the music website include?
The music website includes access to the catalogue of all the musical collections and a search by name of the work and composer, as well as the possibility of listening to some of the archives’ recordings.
The website also includes information about the activities of the Libraries of Sound and Song, selected recordings and exhibitions.
· How many songs are accessible on the website?
As of March, 2011, there are approximately 3,700 songs and musical extracts accessible on the website.
More songs are added to the website each week. These have been digitized as part of the preservation and accessibility project of the Libraries of Sound and Song.
· Can one listen to additional material in the Libraries of Sound and Song?
In the Libraries of Sound and Song one may listen to all the music accessible on the website as well as to a large selection of other material, protected by copyright.
· Can one find musical notes, lyrics or performances of the songs?
One can find all of these by searching by name, first line, composer or subject of the song.
· Are the Libraries of Sound and Song interested in donations of recordings, notes and other musical materials?
The Libraries of Sound and Song are interested in donations of recordings and scores of Jewish and Israeli music.