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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your full name, e-mail, phone number, and mailing address.
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.
|Institutional Affiliation||Required Document|
The Hebrew University:
|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 institution
First year immigrants to Israel (Olim)
|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.
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.
A reader who has lost an item they borrowed may choose one of two options:
Ordering rare items and archival materials requires proper authorization from the Circulation Department.
For further details click here.
|Borrow books for home use||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 for late library returns – per book||5.00 ₪ per day|
|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.
|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.