The National Library is open to the public, seating available by advance reservation

The National Library is open to the public, seating available by advance reservation

Reading Room Activity and Book Borrowing

Table of Contents

Booking a Reservation and Arriving at the Library
Services Available at the National Library Building
Reference Services
Document Delivery Service
Telephone Service


Access to the reading rooms is permitted by advance reservation only. The reading rooms currently open are: Judaica-Islam, Humanities, the Scholem Collection, Special Collections, Archives and Manuscripts.

We are gradually assessing the possibility of opening the other reading rooms and extending opening hours.

Note: In order to reserve your visit, you must be registered on the National Library website.

Booking a Reservation and Arriving at the Library

Reserving a Visit to the Reading Rooms:

• In order to visit the reopened reading rooms, you must book a reservation through the Library website.

Note: In order to reserve your visit, you must be registered on the National Library website.

• The visit will take place during one of two time periods set by the Library:

09:00-12:00
13:00-16:00

• Every visitor is limited to one visit per day. It will not be possible to book and stay for two visits.

• After booking your reservation, you will be sent a confirmation email. This confirmation will serve as proof that you have successfully booked your reservation. Please present it at the reception desk at the Library.

• As mentioned, there is limited seating available. If you have booked a visit and you know you will not make it – please cancel your reservation, so that your reserved seat can be given to another reader.

 

Arriving at the Library on Time:

Visitors may only enter on the day and during the time period of their reserved visit. Entry will not be permitted at times which do not appear on the reservation confirmation.

 

Entry to the Campus

• You must wear a protective mask. Entry to the campus and the Library will not be permitted without a mask.

Health Statement: Ahead of your arrival to the university campus, you must fill out a health statement by clicking on the following link

You must present the health statement at the entrance to the campus. You will not be permitted to enter the campus if your health statement has not been filled out ahead of time. Please follow instructions to avoid any awkward situations.

Entry by foot: If the pedestrian gate is not open, you can enter through the vehicle entry point at the western gate.

Entry by vehicle: the southern and western gates are open to vehicles. However, we must point out that work on light-rail infrastructure is now well underway throughout the campus and there is limited parking available as a result.

 

Entry to the Library

• Entry to the Library will only be possible through the main entrance. It will not be possible to enter through the lower entrance.

• Please prepare your reservation confirmation ahead of time and present it at the reception desk at the Library entrance.

• Upon arrival at the Library, your temperature will be taken and you will be asked questions concerning your health in accordance with government regulations.

• You must deposit your belongings at wardrobe.

• Lockers are available for those who have rented them.

• Your stay is limited to the time of your reservation. At the end of the first visitation shift, all visitors must leave the Library so that staff can prepare and disinfect seating for the next visitation shift.

 

Services Available at the Library Building

Reading Room Services:

• The Library's opening hours have changed, we will be open Sunday-Thursday, 09:00-16:00. The Library will be closed on Fridays.

• Our available services include: the Judaica-Islam Reading Room, the Humanities Reading Room, the Scholem Collection, Archives, Special Collections and Manuscripts, book borrowing services, photocopying services and the reference desk.

Services which will remain unavailable for the time being: the Music Room and the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
Rooms in which service will be provided on the basis of advance coordination with the collection librarian: To arrange visits to the Laor Collection contact Ayelet.Rubin@nli.org.il, to visit the Edelstein Collection contact Chaya.MeierHerr@nli.org.il.

• Visits to the Library will be allowed on a basis of 3-hour shifts per person, which must be reserved ahead of time. We will put in place a system for reserving visits, which will allow you to register and arrive at a time which suits you. To be clear – readers who arrive without a reservation will not be allowed entry to the Library.

• The amount of seating available in the Library has been adjusted to meet the requirements of the "purple badge" standard and thus has been reduced: partitions have been constructed and 30 seats are now available in the Humanities Reading Room as well as 25 seats in the Judaica Reading Room. These seats are numbered.

The visit reservation system will automatically allocate you a numbered seat. All visitors will be required to sit in their allocated seats; it will not be possible to sit elsewhere.

• The public computer area adjacent to the Library entrance, as well as the one in the Music Room, will be closed. Some of the public computers in the reopened reading rooms will be available for use.

We recommend using your own personal laptop because of the limited amount of available computers. In addition, you can order a laptop at the circulation desk.

• We recommend ordering your desired books ahead of time, before you arrive at the Library for your reserved visit. Contact us if you need help or guidance.

• Some of the microfilm readers will be available for public use.

• The public printers will be available.

• Once you have finished browsing through a book, kindly return it yourself to its place on the shelf.

 

Borrowing Books to Take Home

• The circulation desk will be active for the extent of Library opening hours.

• There is no need to book a reservation to collect books to take home. Books will be collected at the circulation desk, for which there will be a separate line.

• Books are to be returned to the carts which will be placed at the Library entrance. In accordance with Health Ministry instructions, books that are returned to the Library after home use and books ordered from remote stacks will be set aside for a period of three days before then being processed.

The return of these books will then be registered by our computerized system once the interim three day period has passed. No fees will be charged as a result of tardy returns caused by the interim period between the actual return date and the registered return date.

• For your convenience, here is the direct telephone number of the circulation department: 074-733-6414

Health Statement: Ahead of your arrival to the university campus, you must fill out a health statement by clicking on the following link

You must present the health statement at the entrance to the campus. You will not be permitted to enter the campus if your health statement has not been filled out ahead of time. Please follow instructions to avoid any awkward situations.

 

Photocopying and Scanning

• Only four people at a time will be allowed into the photocopying center in the Judaica Reading Room.

• While waiting in line to enter the photocopying center, a distance of 2 meters must be preserved between people, in accordance with the markings placed before the entrance to the room.

• Self-use photocopiers and scanners have been placed throughout the reading rooms and in the adjacent area (the Ardon Hall). Here as well, a distance of 2 meters must be preserved in accordance with the markings.

• Your reserved visit includes the time required for photocopying and scanning purposes. It will not be possible to use the machines after the end of the designated time period. Please take this into account.

 

Hygiene and Following Health Ministry Instructions

• Cleaning services will be increased during this period.

• Seating areas will be cleaned between visitation shifts.

• Disinfectant materials and wipes for disinfecting surfaces will be made available.

• Please avoid gathering in groups and follow instructions.

 

Cafeteria

The cafeteria will operate in accordance with Health Ministry rules for cafes and restaurants, serving hot and cold beverages, sandwiches and pastries (take-away only). Customers must preserve a distance of 2 meters from each other.

It will not be possible to sit at the tables in this area. Enjoy the nice spring weather and have a picnic on the grass outside :-)

 

Prayer

It will not be possible to conduct group prayers.

 

Legal Deposits

You may leave your deposits at reception, without waiting in line.

Reference Services

The reference desk will not be active. You can still reach us using various digital channels – including email, WhatsApp or our chat service.

Document Delivery Service

Our document delivery service is functioning as normal. You may order a scan of the material you require by filling out the relevant form on the Library website. This service is available for a fee.

Telephone Service

You can reach us by telephone during opening hours between 09:00 and 16:00 at 074-733-6400.

We are gradually returning to normal service in the hopes of restoring our full routine in the near future. Please remain patient and follow instructions, which may change from time to time.

If you have contracted the coronavirus, please notify us so that we can update those who were present at the Library during the period of your visit.

We wish you and your families good health!