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The Library Catalog

The online catalog of the National Library provides the tools to retrieve material which can be found in our collections. The catalog bring together a wide variety of Library resources. It is also possible to limit the search to a specific collection. The interface languages ​​are English, Hebrew and Arabic. Materials in the Hebrew, Arabic, Cyrillic or Latin alphabets can be retrieved using any interface.

To facilitate the search, one may filter for: keywords, author names, subjects, publishers, system numbers and more (the Library of Congress method of classification [LC] is used by the National Library of Israel as well).

There are a variety of advanced search options available. Search results can be sent directly to an e-mail address.

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United Catalogs in Israel

ULI - Union List of Israel

The Israel Union List of libraries in Israel (ULI) contains more than 9 million bibliographic records from the catalogues of university libraries, colleges and several other major libraries. Records are in the MARC21 international format and include a link to the institution's local catalogue, where you can browse inventory data.

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ULS - Union List of Serials

The Union List of Serials (ULS) catalog contains bibliographic records for more than one hundred thousand periodicals from over 170 academic libraries and specialist libraries, in all fields and languages. The catalog is managed by the National Library.

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ULI contains records for all types of library material (books, periodicals, maps, audio-visual material, digital publications, etc.) except for articles and reprints. Although ULI contains records for periodicals, the Union List of Serials (ULS), contains details from a larger number of libraries.

You can also search ULI using standard operating software such as Endnote z39.50.

ULY - Union List of Yiddish

ULY – Union List of Yiddish – is a joint effort of four institutions with substantial Yiddish collection, YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research), YBC (Yiddish Book Center), NYPL (New York Public Library) and the National Library of Israel. The goal in this project is to create a full catalog of Yiddish publications, allow one search and link back to the different institutions and add a link to a digital copy where possible.

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Bibliographic Databases

Bibliographic databases contain bibliographic records with analytical content. This is contrary to the catalogs of libraries that contain, usually, descriptions of items.

These databases usually focus on a particular field of knowledge, and contain various types of publications: books, magazines, newspapers, reports and more. 

RAMBI – The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies – was founded by Dr. Issachar Joel in 1966.

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More Bibliographic Databases

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book

The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book includes the national bibliography of the Jewish people; and detailed descriptions of all Jewish literature printed in Hebrew characters, including every type of literature and in every language. The Bibliography includes most of the books, pamphlets and magazines printed in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and other Jewish languages, found in collections in Israel and abroad, starting from the beginning of Hebrew printing (circa 1460) through 1960.

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The recording of the books is done in a scientific manner according to rules set by an editorial staff led by Prof. Gershom Scholem and Prof. Ben-Zion Dinur, and was based on examination of the books themselves. It includes a full description of the contents of the book and accompanying material, as well as all participants in its composition: editors, translators, authors of forewords and introductions, interpreters and illustrators and more. The description also relates to all works of the author and the relationship between the various editions of the works, with special emphasis on matters related to the composition of the book and its printing.

The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book also includes a short biography of all the artists who worked in Israeli literature, including authors, translators and so on.

The database currently contains 115,000 bibliographic records and more than 15,000 biographies of persons. Furthermore, the National Library's comprehensive catalogue contains close to 50,000 links to the Bibliography.

OCLC - WorldCat

​WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 17,900 libraries in 123 countries and territories, which are part of the OCLC cooperative (Online Computer Library Center). The catalog enables the user to locate items in libraries worldwide.

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