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Borrowing books and materials from the National Library fo Israel

Lending Services

The 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 requests for viewing items from our special collections.

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

Telephone: 074-733-6414
Email: [email protected]

Ordering Books and Items

You can order books and other items for use in the reading rooms or at home, using the online catalogue.

To learn how to order from our Rare Items Collection click here.

To see if a copy is available to be borrowed:
After you have logged in to your account on the Library website, 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 taken home.

To borrow books for home use, you must obtain a library card and purchase a membership
You can purchase either a one-year membership or a six-month membership.

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 make a deposit.

Loan Status:
If you have ordered an item, you will receive email notification shortly.
You may also telephone the Circulation Department: 074-7336-414/3

Certain special items that cannot be ordered online can be ordered by filling out the this form.

For questions, comments and requests please contact: [email protected], and include your full name, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address.

Home Use Memberships

Any citizen of Israel with an official ID card can purchase a membership which enables them to borrow books home from the National Library.

Non-citizens can purchase memberships upon presenting a passport as well as a security deposit.

The membership can only be issued or renewed in the presence of the owner the ID card or passport.

The membership fee, the number of simultaneous loans allowed and the length of loans are dependent on the group the reader belongs to.

Free Membership Eligibility

Institutional Affiliation Required Document

The Hebrew University:
Students for all degrees, faculty and administrative staff

​Student card or staff ID
Other universities in Israel:
Masters and PhD 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 (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 certificate​

Book Loans and Loan Periods

How Many Books Can Be Borrowed at a Time and for How Long?

Group Number of Books Loan Period
Citizens, B.A. students 10 books 30 days
M.A. students, Library employees, faculty and administrative staff of the Hebrew Univestiry, Lecturers and PhD students, Hebrew University professors etc. 40 books 90 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).

The National Library reserves the right to take disciplinary action against those who fail to return a book on time, damage a book or refuse to pay a fine.

Despite the above, if a book that is out on loan is requested by another reader, the borrower must return the book by the updated return date, which will be sent to him/her by email.

Renewing Loan Periods

Items that have not been requested by another user may have their loan periods renewed, up to a year. This renewal is not automatic.
Loan periods 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.

Fines for Late Returns

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

A reader may not loan additional books so long as he/she holds a book that has passed its return date or so long as he/she has not paid any outstanding fines.

Lost Books and Items

A reader who has lost an item they borrowed may choose one of two options:

  1. Independently purchasing the same item as a replacement. Only an identical item, belonging to the same edition as the original, will be accepted.
  2. Payment for the lost item, the cost of which will be determined by the acquisition department, with the addition of a handling fee for every lost item.

Accessing Rare Items and Archive Materials

Ordering rare items and archival materials requires proper authorization from the Circulation Department.

For further details click here.

Circulation Department Price List

Home Use Memberships 1 Year 6 Months
Regular Membership ​200.00 ₪ ​100.00 ₪
Discounts for senior citizens and disabled IDF veterans ​100.00 ₪ ​50.00 ₪
Security deposit for non-citizens
100 $ or 100 100 $ or 100

Fines Price
Fines for late library returns – per book ​5.00 ₪ per day

​Lost Books* Price
Handling fee ​60.00 ₪ 
Lost Item Price Will be determined by the acquisition department

* A reader who has lost an item lent out to him can independently purchase the same item for replacement. Only an identical item will be accepted. The item must be from the same edition.

Delivery Price
Ordering home delivery via Israel Postal Company
25.00 ₪ in addition to the delivery fee according to the price set by the Postal Authority
Book delivery fee
40 ₪ *

* The return of these books is not included in the delivery price. It is the responsibility of the borrower to return the books to the Library building by their return date.

Request to Deliver Books