Library Services

Reference Services

The Library Guidance Department is responsible for providing library patrons with individual and group guidance on the use of the library and its reference services. Instruction includes: finding their way in the library, using the library catalog, using the library’s electronic resources and bibliographic computer programs

Bibliographic Computer Programs

The programs assist students and faculty to organize bibliographic sources necessary for writing reports and articles. Patrons of the Hebrew University Library enjoy access to the F1000 and EndNote Web programs through all university computers and by "distant access" from other computers.

Patrons can also use, without payment, other bibliographic programs such as Mendeley or Zotero.


The Library extends a warm welcome to all who enter.

A special terminal for searching the catalog is open to the general public.

Access to the digital services of the library is limited to Hebrew University students and faculty.

The library is connected to an open Wi-Fi network known as "Huji Guest".

The use of library electronic resources by way of personal computers requires connecting to the university server ("distant access"), and identifying oneself with a user name and password.

Any questions or requests should be directed to the Library Staff.

Contact us:

Telephone:  02-5882415



Preparing Bibliographies

Different systems are in use for quoting bibliographic sources. It is recommended to consult course instructors on the system they prefer.

The main systems for quoting sources used in the Humanities and Social Sciences are:

Circulation Rules

Books are lent on the basis of presentation of an up-to-date reader’s card. A student card serves the purpose.

Readers are responsible for checking their reader’s card as to whether their book loans are still valid.

Updating or changing personal information requires the reader’s presence at the Circulation Desk.

If a reader’s card is lost, the Circulation Department should be notified immediately and a new reader’s card ordered through the university’s Student Tuition Department.


Contacting the Circulation Department

Circulation Desk02-5882415




Book Borrowing Privileges

Eligibility for a reader’s card

Documents needed

Borrowing privileges

Hebrew Univ. students

Valid student card


University faculty/staff

Faculty/staff card


Visiting lecturers/ researchers

Official university authorization

There is no limit on the number of books that can be borrowed

University employees without tenure

Employee card & employment contract


University pensioner

Pensioner card



University graduate

Hebrew University graduate's card (obtainable at the Graduates' Office, tel.: 02-5882890) + NIS480 a year


Faculty & master’s/doctoral students from other Israeli universities

Letter of responsibility from the central library of their institution


Course auditors (Machon Magid)

Course auditor's card

 + ID card


Friends of the University

“Friends” card + ID


Others – it may be possible to buy a reader’s card. For more information consult the Circulation Desk




Lending Policy

Books may be borrowed for up to 3 days, with automatic extension each day by one day, unless another reader requests it.

Books that may NOT be borrowed from the library:

  • Books from the Assyriology collection
  • Reference books
  • Archeological excavation reports
  • Term papers
  • Rare books
  • Journals

For more information, please consult the library staff.

Extension of Book Loans

Books that have been borrowed for up to 3 days or up to 7 days will normally be extended automatically for up to one year.

Circumstances under which the loan period will not be extended:

  • Another reader requests it
  • The reader’s card is no longer valid
  • The reader owes money to the library

The reader will be notified by email if the book cannot be extended beyond a certain date

Book Requests

Books may be requested, only if all copies of the book are listed in the catalog as having been borrowed. The reader must order a copy through the catalog. If, for some reason, the book cannot be ordered through the catalog, the request should be referred to the Circulation Desk.

When the requested book has returned to the library, an email notice will be sent to the reader who requested it.

Textbooks will wait for pickup at the circulation desk for 3 days while academic books will wait there for 7 days. After that they will be returned to the shelves.

Book Returns

  • Readers are responsible for the books they borrow, including keeping up-to-date on when it must be returned, through the reader’s card.
  • Readers who hold books they no longer need are requested to return them to the library.
  • The library is entitled to demand the return of a needed book even before its listed return date.
  • A reader who declares that the borrowed item has been lost or returns it damaged will pay its cost plus NIS30 handling cost. The reader is entitled to acquire an identical and undamaged copy and present it to the library instead.
  • During library hours, books must be returned to the circulation desk of the library from where it was borrowed.


Late book returns will be fined, as follows:

  • Books from the general collection that were specially requested – NIS 10 for every day that a book is returned late, including Fridays, Shabbats, holidays, and days that the university is closed according to schedule.
  • Reserve books – NIS 3 for every hour of delay, or NIS 30 for each day a book is returned late.
  • Books that were borrowed by special permission, and were returned late, will be treated the same as books that were specially requested.

The Library Authority is entitled to update the schedule of fines, as it sees fit.


Recurring late returns, late returns which harm other students, or unpaid fines will be treated as follows:

  1. The reader's card will be blocked
  2. Service will be refused to the reader
The reader's personal data sheet in the university will be blocked, and he or she will not be allowed to participate in exams.



Interlibrary Loan

InterLibrary loan pilot
Inter-Library Loans are handled by the Mount Scopus Library of the Humanities and Social Sciences.



Inter-Library loan requests can be made throughout the day, whenever the Mount Scopus Library is open. When the Inter-Library Loan Department is closed, the shift manager at the Circulation Desk will handle requests for a book or article.

Inter-Library Loans allow Hebrew University students and faculty to order books and journal articles from the Library Authority and other academic libraries in Israel and the world.

International borrowing may only be realized through the National Library. Their email address is:  The service costs money and the rates are set by the Library Authority.

Who is allowed to order?
Anyone with a valid reader's card.


Book orders are subject to the Copyright Law. Accordingly, it is forbidden to photocopy, print, or scan the major part of a copyrighted work without the express permission of the copyright holder.

A "fair use" exception is made for copies used for personal study, research, critiques, surveys, press reports, or instruction or examination in an educational institution.

Disregard of these instruction is a violation of the law


Booking of Study Rooms

Computing and Networks

Remote Access
Remote access to the University libraries’ electronic resources (which include databases, ejournals and e-books) is available to the University community through the Samba VPN connect service to the University Internet Server.

Remote Access (RA) Registration
Register for a remote access (RA) account at
Use your personal account and password to connect to the Remote Access service SambaVPN and to the eduroam secure wireless network.
Further information: The University Division for Computation, Communication, and Information ( = the Authority for Computation) website.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
It is recommended to install the VPN client as your VPN service. it is more reliable and allows more services than the WebVPN.
WebVPN is an alternative: Less reliable, may not enable access to some online resources, supports less services.
Further information and guidance on installing the program: The University Division for Computation, Communication, and Information website.
Support e-mail: 

Wireless Internet
The four campuses have several wireless networks:
HUJI guest – an open network available for guests but does not allow access to the university’s online resources.
Eduroam – an international project that allows access to networks in any university by identifying yourself by your Hebrew University username and password. Connect to eduroam with [RA username] . DO NOT USE [username]%ra
HUJI-Dorm – a network that exists in some of the Hebrew University dormitories. Allows access by your username and password.
Further information:

Public computing. See: Reference services

Remote access to public computers: MyPlace
Hebrew University students can connect remotely to software installed on computers located in the computer centers and access their personal drive.
You must have an AD account and a password to access public computing.


Technical Assistance at the Division for Computation, Communication, and Information
Phone no. (Mount Scopus):  02-5883450.


Printing, Copying and Scanning

Printers, photocopiers, and scanners are available in all the libraries. Scanners are free but there is a slight charge for the use of the printers and photocopying machines.


It is possible to print directly from the library computers and also, using “cloud printing”, to print from laptops and smartphones.

Payment is through credit cards or print cards issued by Sherut Hamafil Ltd.

It is best not to use a debit card.

Printing price list:

15 agorot for a regular black and white page and for the first side of a page printed on both sides.

13 agorot for the second side of a page printed on both sides.

Color printers charge 25 agorot per page and do not print on both sides.

Photocopy price list

A4 page = 16 agorot

Unloaded photocopy cards cost NIS 4.

Cloud Printing – Printing from Mobile Devices

Cloud printing /mobile printing allows one to email, from anywhere and from any mobile device, to be printed by those Hebrew University printers open to the public.

The printer will identify the sender by email address. Files to be printed should be sent to one of the addresses in the following table. The files will be available for printing for 2 hours after being sent and will then be wiped out automatically.



Type of Print

Mount Scopus

Givat Ram (Safra Campus)

Ein Kerem (Hadassah Hospital)

Rehovot (Agriculture)

Black & white

Duplex black & white



The library has a photocopy machine (A4) that uses credit cards.

Outside the library there is a printer which also uses credit cards.

Several scanners, both stationary and mobile, are available for use at no charge.

Books can be taken outside the library to be photocopied in the Student Center, upon deposit of an ID card.


Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment




Disabled Access to the Library
The Archaeology Library is located in the Institute of Archeology on the Mount Scopus Campus.
It is accessible by wheelchair from the main entrance to the Institute building.
The elevator in the Institute building is wheelchair accessible.
All service areas of the library are accessible to the mobility challenged.

Services for the Disabled
There is a disabled toilet in the restroom on the third floor of the Institute of Archaeology.
The library staff will be happy to assist with any request and help to locate material in the library’s catalogue, shelves, and electronic resources.