Library Services

Reference Services

Reference Services
The reference department is responsible for providing individual and group instruction to all library users. The training includes library orientation, use of the catalog, other library resources and bibliographic management software.

Access to online library resources is limited to students and staff of the Hebrew University.

Internet is accessible in all parts of the library via "HUJI-guest" wireless network. The use of library resources with portable devices requires remote access and user name and password identification.

Occasional “walk in” visitors and short-term students may access resources from specific library computers, with a temporary password, available at the circulation desk.

Instruction for use of Library Resources
Undergraduate students receive two training sessions to familiarize themselves with the library and its resources.

The first year students have compulsory training sessions.

All students and staff can co-ordinate personal or small group instruction via the reference department for subject searching, bibliographic management and citing references.

Training sessions can be requested directly ( or by contacting the library reference staff:

Tomer Ben Shushan


Drora Shihuda


Contact us:

Telephone:  02-6758790, 02-6758795, 02-6758223



Writing Bibliographies

There are different methods for citing bibliographic resources. Choosing the right method in medical sciences depends on area of content, platform of publication, type of publication, etc… It is recommended to use one of these applications for bibliographic management: Mendeley or EndNote Web.


Research Metrics and Evaluation

Applications that help organize bibliographic sources when writing papers and articles are available. Hebrew University users have access to F1000 and EndNote Web. Access is possible from HUJI computers or via remote access.

Free web access is available to other applications such as Mendeley or Zotero

Circulation Rules

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

Readers are responsible for checking the status of their loans.

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 Desk:  02-6758791




Book Borrowing Privileges

Eligibility for a reader’s card

Documents needed

Borrowing privileges

Hebrew University students

Valid student card*


University staff

Staff card** & employment  contract


Visiting lecturers/ researchers

Letter of responsibility from Department Head (=Letter of responsibility from the central library of their institution)

 Up to 5 books (textbooks,  academic, light reading)

Hadassah Hospital employees

Letter of responsibility from the Personnel Department of Hadassah Hospital


Visiting doctors/researchers in Hadassah Hospital

Letter of responsibility from Department Head (= Letter of responsibility from the central library of their home institution)



Hebrew University graduate

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

Up to 5 books (reference & light reading)  Textbooks cannot be borrowed and electronic resources cannot be accessed.

Faculty & master’s/doctoral students (not medical or dental students) from other Israeli universities

Letter of responsibility from the central library of their institution


Hebrew University pensioners

Pensioner's card



*Student cards serve as reader's cards & are issued by the Student Tuition Office.

  • New students receive their card in the mail.
  • Returning students receive in the mail a sticker update for their existing student card & must update their library registration at the Circulation Desk.
  • The library Circulation Department should be notified if the student card is lost and a new card should be ordered from the Student Tuition Office.

**University staff cards also serve as reader's cards but library registration must be renewed every year.


Length of Loan

The length of loans is recorded in the catalog and can be searched there. If questions arise, the library’s records are the determining factor.

Type of Item

Length of Loan

Books from Reading Rooms

Textbooks – 3 days;

Academic books or light reading – 1 week;

Reference books cannot be borrowed

Books held at circulation desk

May only be used in the library

Equipment held at circulation desk

Laptop computers and electronic dictionaries – 3 hours;

Modems according to the period of army reserve duty.


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 light reading books will stay here 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.
  • When the library is closed, books may be dropped into the return box at the entrance to the library.



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
  3. 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 allows Hebrew University students and faculty to order books and digital copies of journal articles from the Library Authority and other academic libraries in Israel.

The service is offered to staff and students, for research and teaching purposes for free during 2019/20 academic year (within the framework of a pilot project). It does not include resources that are found in the library.

Anyone with a valid reader's card is allowed to use the book loan service.

The book/article you require could be available in the library. Please check the catalog before ordering.

Please fill in the form to request a book\ chapter\ article.


Copyright and Fair Use

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.

The user is permitted to make "fair use" only of the protected material.

The "fair use" clause of The Copyright Law of 2007 (Israel)  implies that this material can be used for personal, educational or research purposes. It is not for commercial use. Distribution of these materials or making them accessible to anyone else is strictly forbidden.

Disregard of these instructions is a violation of the law.

You will be informed by phone or email when the book arrives, and can be picked up in the library.

Contact Us:

Telephone:  02-6758793



Cost of Inter-Library Loans

Light-reading or books not for academic purposes:

From Hebrew University Libraries 10 NIS,

From other universities 20 NIS

From colleges 25 NIS.

You will be informed by phone or email when an ordered book arrives, and can be picked up in the library.

Digital copies of journal articles:

Free of charge


How to Order

Fill out an online order form





Booking of Study Rooms

Computing and Networks

Remote Access from Hadassah Hospital

Registration for remote access to library databases from a Hadassah computer must be done directly with the Hadassah Technical Support

Tel: 02-677-6645 or internally (x76645)



Printing and Scanning

The library offers patrons printers, which require payment, and a scanner free of charge.


Printing can be done from library computers directly or by using “mobile printing” from laptops and smartphones.

Payment is by credit card or by print card. Payment by direct debit cards is not available.

Print cards may be purchased and loaded in the machines in the print room at the entrance floor.

Printing Prices

Regular printing: 15 agorot per page

Duplex printing: 15 agorot for the first side, 13 agorot for the second side

Color printing: 1 NIS per page (no duplex printing available)

Any single printing job by credit card is limited to a maximum cost of 25 NIS


Mobile Printing

Mobile printing allows documents to be sent by e-mail to all printing stations from any place and any platform: laptop, desk computer, tablet or smartphone.

The sender will be identified by origin e-mail address. File should be sent to one of the addresses below. Files that are not printed within two hours are deleted from the printer queue.

E-mail Address

Type of printing

Black and white

Black and white, duplex




In the library, one black and white printer and one color printer are available in the first floor printing room.  An additional black and white printer is available on the second floor.


A scanner is available for use for free in the first floor printing room.

Scanned documents may be sent from the scanner to an e-mail address, saved on a flash drive, or sent to the library printer. 


There are no photocopying machines in the library.

Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment

Laptop Computers

5 laptop computers are available for borrowing for up to 3 hours, only within the library



May be borrowed from the Circulation Desk, for use only within the library


Cellphone Chargers

May be borrowed from the Circulation Desk, for use only within the library


Electronic Dictionaries

40 electronic dictionaries are available for loan at the Circulation Desk before examinations in English proficiency


Cellular Modems

May be borrowed by students leaving for army reserve duty, upon presentation of the call-up order





Directions to the library

The Medical Library is situated In the Faculty of Medicine, Hadassah Ein Karem campus, building #1. Access is via the main entrance of the Faculty of Medicine or through the entrance near the Dental School. Entrance to the library and all of its areas are accessible to wheelchair users and persons with physical disabilities.



Patrons can use the elevator in the library to access all four of its floors.


Circulation and Reference Services

Circulation and reference desks are accessible to wheelchair users.

Physically disabled persons toilets

Every floor in the library has a toilet for persons with physical disabilities.