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Objectives and Functions

The National Library of Israel - Objectives

To collect, preserve, cultivate and endow the treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture in general, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel, the State of Israel and the Jewish people in particular.


  • To serve as the National Library of the Jewish people, responsible for collecting the literary treasures of the Jewish people and preserve the continuity of Jewish and Israeli culture.


  • To serve as the National Library of the State of Israel.


  • To serve as the central research library for Israel and for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Humanities fields, with an emphasis on Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern cultures, Asia-Africa and Islam.

    The National Library of Israel – Functions

    (In accordance with the “National Library Law 2007” (Hebrew) and the regulations of the National Library Co. Ltd (CC). (Hebrew))

  • To collect, preserve and cultivate the treasures of knowledge, the heritage and the culture of the State of Israel and of the Jewish people, including the expansion and enhancement of the Library’s collections;

  • To serve as a home for the collections, archives, manuscripts, documents, maps, music and other audio treasures, graphic creations, audiovisual creations and electronic documents, as well as other items of unique national, historic or cultural significance;

  • To allow the public, in Israel and elsewhere, proper and reasonable access to he Library’s collections through, among other things, advanced technological means;

  • To serve as Israel’s central research library in its areas of expertise, in accordance with its objectives, as well as serving as the university research library in the Humanities fields, and especially Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern cultures and Islam;

  • To display permanent and changing exhibits of collections before the public, including borrowed collections;

  • To provide cultural, literary and educational activities, geared toward the general public as well as specific audiences, including school students;

  • To grant professional guidance in its fields of expertise, as fit, in accordance with its objectives, including the management of libraries at institutions of higher learning, Israel’s public libraries and libraries in Jewish community outside Israel;

  • To maintain professional ties with National libraries, public libraries and archives as well as cultural and educational institutions outside Israel;

  • To serve as a haven for the culture of books, including encouraging research in the realm of the culture of books and housing the Museum of the Book;

  • To maintain and operate an infrastructure that allows, among other things, suitable study, documentation, storage, preservation, presentation and research conditions.