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.
The Library extends a warm welcome to all who enter.

Any questions or requests should be directed to the Reference Staff.
The Reference Desk is located on the 4th floor.
The Reference Desk provides service from 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday - Wednesday, 10:00 - 15:00, Thursday. 

Contact us:
Telephone: 02-5882068

Dedicated terminals open to the general public without the use of a username and password are available throughout the library for the purpose of searching the catalog. However, they cannot access the internet. 
All floors of the library are connected to an open Wi-Fi network known as "Huji Guest".
Access to the digital services of the library is limited to Hebrew University students and faculty, who must identify themselves with a user name and password.

Guidance on Searching Library Resources
During the first two weeks of the academic year the library offers daily courses on getting acquainted with library resources. Look for updates on the library’s home page or at the Circulation Desk on the entrance level of the library.
Bachelor’s Degree students are required to sign up for a course, "Library Resources" (course no. 74122). Access to the course is by way of "Moodle".

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:

  • APA – American Psychological Association
  • MLA – Modern Language Association
  • Chicago Manual of Style

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 Sciwheel (formerly F1000) and EndNote Web programs through all university computers and by "remote access" from other computers.
Patrons can also use, without payment, other bibliographic programs such as Mendeley or Zotero.

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 Desk:            02-5882066
Reserved Books Desk:  02-5883285

Student cards also serve as reader’s cards.
New students receive their cards in the mail.
Previously enrolled students receive a validation sticker in the mail and they must update the card’s validity with the library.
Student cards are issued by the student tuition office.

Book Borrowing Privileges

Eligibility for a reader’s card

Documents needed

Borrowing privileges

Hebrew University students

Valid student card


Heb. University faculty/staff

Faculty/staff card


Visiting lecturers/ researchers

Official university authorization

 Up to 50 books from the general collection & up to 2 reserve books

Heb. University employees without tenure

Employee card & employment contract


Heb. University pensioner

Pensioner card



Hebrew 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

Up to 10 books from the general collection & 1 reserve book

Course auditors (Machon Magid)

Authorization to audit course + ID card


Friends of the University

“Friends” card + ID


Others – it may be possible to pay for a reader’s card. For more information ask at the Circulation Desk




Length of Loan

Type of Item

Period of Loan

Books from the general collection

1 week (or not at all, in exceptional cases)

Books from the reserve collection

Usually 1 day (in exceptional cases, 3 days or 3 hours)

Reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias

Cannot be borrowed (in exceptional cases, up to 1 week)

Laptop computers

During Library hours

Dictionaries (English-Hebrew-Arabic)

1 day

Earphones, office equipment in group study rooms, other equipment

During library hours


Chargers for cell phones

3 hours


Cannot be borrowed

Books from the closed collection (in the circulation department)

During library hours

CDs from Media Department: films & music

Varies: 3 hours or 1 day


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.
  • When the library is closed, books may be returned as follows:
  • Harman Science Library, Law Library, Medical Library – through a slot in the library door
  • Mount Scopus Library, Agriculture Library – in the book returns box at the library entrance
  • Education Library – in the book returns hatch of the door at the top of the down staircase, located just after the School of Education and before the entrance to the Education Library
  • Mathematics Library – in the book returns box, located on the wall to the left of 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


Article Order Form

Book Order Form


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

Contact Us:
Telephone:  02-5881529

Inter-Library loan requests can be made throughout the day, whenever the 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.

Cost of Inter-Library Loans
Important:  Before requesting an Inter-Library Loan, check in the catalog 
that the book is not owned by the library.

Ordering a book in Israel:

Free of charge

Ordering a photocopy of an article from an Israeli university or from a Hebrew University library (not on the Mt. Scopus campus):

Free of charge

Ordering a photocopy of an article from an Israeli college:

Free of charge

Ordering a photocopy of an article from overseas 
NIS 25 handling costs + the cost of the article (as set by the library from which the article was ordered).
Means of payment = credit card, cash, or budget clause number (for those entitled)

How to Order
Fill out an online order form or refer to the Inter-Library Loan Department on the entrance floor, next to the Circulation Desk.

Article Order Form

Book Order Form

  • When the ordered item arrives, an email will be sent to the person who ordered it.
  • The ordered item must be picked up from the Inter-Library Loan Department.
  • Lecturers entitled to a university budget clause number will receive the ordered items by email.


  • A reader who has ordered an Inter-Library Loan and does not pick it up will still be charged for it.
  • A reader who does not return a requested book will be blocked from borrowing or extending already-borrowed books.
  • A reader who has lost a book will be charged the cost of replacing the book and until payment has been made, will be blocked from borrowing or extending already-borrowed books.


Booking of Study Rooms

Computing and Networks

There are 40 computer workstations throughout the Library, located in all 3 floors.

Also, there are many electrical outlets near the work stations for use in laptop computers.

The library also has a laptop that may be borrowed for 3 hours intervals, and 7 sets of headphones which also may be borrowed for 3 hour at a time.

Mobile Printing

Print jobs may be sent both within and from outside the campus via the internet. This fee-based service requires sending an email to:

Payment is by credit card only.

Printing, Copying and Scanning


The Library has 2 photocopiers: in floors 3 and 4.

Payment for photocopying is by credit card.


There are three scanners library three floors.

The scanners are available to the students.


The library has 2 black and white printers: in floor 3 and 4.

Payment for printers is by credit card.

Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment

The library also has 3 laptops that may be borrowed for 3 hours intervals, 7 sets of headphones which also may be borrowed for 3 hour at a time and digital dictionaries.


On the main level of the library, there is a workstation for disabled users, which includes a large screen to accommodate the visually impaired, an enhanced keyboard, control of the table height via remote control and a sound amplifier.