Library Services

Reference Services

The reference department in the library offers individual or group instructions to all patrons. These instructions include: orientation in the reading rooms, using the catalog, using library resources and reference management software. The Library welcomes all its patrons.

Special terminals open to the general public without need for a username and password, are found in the entrance floor and -1 floor, for the purpose of searching the catalog and ordering rooms.

All floors of the library are connected to a Wi-Fi network known as "Huji Guest".

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

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

Any questions or requests should be directed to the staff of the Reference Department.

Contact us:

Telephone: 02-6584376


Ask a Librarian Form

Request Instruction Form

Library Guides by Subject


Preparing Bibliographies

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

Citation Guide


Reference Management Software

These software assist in the organization of bibliographic sources requires to write papers. Hebrew University users enjoy access to the 1000F and EndNote Web software. They are accessible from university computers or with the “remote access” service.

It is also possible to use other reference management software, such as Zotero or Mendeley, without payment.


Learning About Library Resources

Bachelor’s Degree students are required to sign up for the "Library Resources" course. Access to the course is by way of "Moodle".

Circulation Rules

Loans are done with a reader card valid for the current academic year.

A student card is also used as a reader card.

It is the reader’s responsibility to check the status of their loaned books by looking at their reader’s card.

Any change or update of personal details requires the presence of the reader at the circulation desk.

In case your reader’s card is lost, inform the circulation department immediately and order a new one from the Student Accounts Division.


Contacting the Circulation Department

Circulation Desk:  02-6584376




Books that were loaned for a period of three days or a week will be automatically extended, to a maximum period of one year. The loan will not be extended in the following cases:

  • Another reader had ordered the book
  • The reader’s card in not valid
  • The reader has outstanding debt to the library

There is no automatic extension for laptops and electrnic equipment.

The reader will be notified bt the university e-mail on the due dates of non-extendable items.



A book can be ordered only if all it’s copies are on loan. Orders are made by the reader through the catalog. In cases this is not possible, refer to the cicrulation desk.

Once the ordered book is returned to the library, the person who made the order will be notified by the university e-mail.

Textbooks are held for the reader at the reference desk for three days, and research books are held for a week.

The library is authorized to cancel a reader’s order if neccessary.



Readers are responsible for books they loaned, and must check their due dates in the reader’s card.

A reader holding books which are no longer needed is required to return them to the library.

The library is authorized to demand the return of a book before its original due date if neccessary.

A reader declaring the loss of an item, or who return a damaged book will pay the cost of that book + 30 processing fee. Alternatively, the reader can purchase an identical and undamaged copy instead of the one lost.

While the library is open, book are to be returned to the Harman Science Library circulation desk. When the library is closed, they should be placed at the slot in the library door.



A reader who returns a book after its due date will be required to pay a fine.


Fine calculation:

Books from the general collection: 10 for every day of delay in the return of an ordered book, including Fridays and Saturdays, vacations, holidays, and other days in which the library is closed by prior notice.

Reserved books: 3 for every hour of delay, or 30 for every day of delay.

Books that were loaned by special authorization and returned late will be treated like ordered books.

The library authority can change the fines from time to time.


In cases of repeated delays, delays which harm other readers, or when fines are not payed:

  • The reader’s card will be blocked.
  • The readers will not be given any service.
  • In the administration of the relevant faculty, their personal information page will be blocked, and they will not be able to take exams.



Book Borrowing Privileges

Eligibility for a reader’s card

Documents needed

Borrowing privileges

Hebrew University Students

Up-to-date student card or ID card*


Hebrew University staff

Employee card + university employment contract

Up to 100 books from the general collection, including up to 12 textbooks

Heb. University pensioners

University pension card


Hebrew University faculty/outside researchers

Faculty card or official university authorization +ID card


Heb. University graduates

University graduates’ card + letter of responsibility from employer + yearly payment**


Faculty and graduate students from other universities in Israel

A letter of responsibility from the central library in their institution

Outside readers willing to pay for the privilege

Letter of responsibility from employer or institution of learning + yearly payment***

Up to 10 books from the general collection. Textbooks cannot be borrowed and electronic resources cannot be accessed.

Course auditor

Authorization to audit course + ID card


Institute of Geology

List of Institute employees


University external courses – Machon Magid

Letter of responsibility from Machon Magid or reader’s university department


* Authorization to study should be attached if the student is not registered in the library

- Student card with an up-to-date sticker issued by the Student Tuition Department

- The library Circulation Department should be notified if the student card is lost and a new card should be ordered from the student tuition department

** University graduate's card may be obtained in the Graduates' Office (tel.: 02-5882890). Subscription to the library costs NIS480 a year, NIS240 for half a year.

*** Yearly payment varies according to the type of subscription:

  • Private subscription – NIS650 a year, NIS325 for half a year
  • Students from other colleges in Jerusalem – NIS480 a year, NIS240 for half a year
  • Retired scientists – NIS300 a year, NIS150 for half a year + declaration of personal responsibility


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

Text books

3 days*

Research books and series

1 week*

Light reading

1 week

Dictionaries**, reference books, & encyclopedias

Cannot be borrowed


1 week

Laptop computers

1 day, inside the library

Electronic chargers

1 day, inside the library

Screen adapters

1 day, inside the library

Earphones, computer mice, keyboards, electronic dictionaries**, erasable boards

1 day, inside the library


Cannot be borrowed

* Books marked in red cannot be borrowed.

** Dictionaries and electronic dictionaries can be loaned outside of the library only for exams.


Interlibrary Loan

The interlibrary loan service allows readers to order books and articles from other libraries of the library authority, and other academic libraries in Israel and abroad.

Who can place an order?

Hebrew university faculty and students.


The service is free (as a trial) for research and teaching purposes for students, researchers, and academic and administrative faculty. Course auditors and paying outside readers are not included in the trial and must pay for the service.

Ordering books and libraries which are in the library are not free.


Copyright Limitations

Orders are subject to copyright laws. By law, it is forbidden to copy or print a significant portion of works for which copyrights are in force without the consent of the copyright owner, unless the copies\scans\printings are done in fair use for purposes such as: self-teaching, research, critique, review, journalistic reporting, introduction, or teaching and examination done by an educational institution.


Any person who copies, prints, or scans in a manner contrary to these instructions is breaking the law.




Contact Us:

Telephone:  02-6585623



Inter-Library loan requests can be made throughout the day, whenever the library is open. When the Inter-Library Loan Department is closed, go to the Circulation Desk


Cost of Inter-Library Loans


Ordering a book in Israel:

Ordering from another Hebrew University library – NIS 10

Ordering from another Israeli university library – NIS 16

Ordering from an Israeli college library – NIS 25


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

Up to 50 pages – 20 NIS

Over 50 pages – 50 NIS


Ordering a photocopy of an article from an Israeli college

NIS 25 handling costs + NIS 8 for every 10 pages


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

Attention: the required book or journal may be in the library. Check the catalog before ordering.


Fill out an online order form:

Interlibrary Loan Form



When the ordered item arrives, whoever ordered it will be notified by phone or by email.

PDF photocopies of articles will be sent to the reader's email address.



  • A reader who has ordered an Inter-Library Loan and does not take 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 with a fine determined by the loaning library. Until payment has been made, the reader will be blocked from borrowing or extending already-borrowed books.


Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment

iPads – may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk, for up to a week, without extension, by holders of a valid reader’s card in the Science Division.

Laptop Computers – may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card, but only within the library.

New!! – laptop computer may be borrowed for a week and taken out of the library.

Stationary Computers – are to be found on the first floor, -1 floor, and the Lubin Reading Room of the library, and can be accessed all day, whenever the library is open, by holders of valid reader’s cards. However, access is only by use of the user name and password registered in the university’s Active Directory.

Earphones – may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card, but only within the library.

USB keyboard - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card, but only within the library.

USB Mouse - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card, but only within the library.

VGA Adaptors – for connecting laptop computers to LCD screens. May be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card, but only within the library.

Cellular Phone Chargers - May be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a day, by holders of a valid reader’s card.

Cellular Modem - intended for students leaving for army reserve duty. May be borrowed for the duration of the reserve duty by holders of valid student cards upon presentation of an army reserve call-up notice.

Calculators - scientific and financial calculators may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to one whole day, by holders of valid reader’s cards, but only within the library.

Electronic Dictionary – Oxford - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to one whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards, but only within the library.

LCD Screens – are located in the group study rooms on the  first floor, on the open space on the first floor, and on the minus one (-1) floor. It is possible to connect laptops to the screens.  Access is available to readers as long as the library is open.

Scanners – a flatbed scanner and an automatic feed scanner are available on the minus one (-1) floor. Access is only by use of the user name and password registered in the university’s Active Directory. Automatic feed scanners that allow direct emailing and saving to flash drives are located on the first floor and the minus one (-1) floor. Scanners are available as long as the library is open.

Printers – duplex black and white printers are located in the stairwells of the first and minus one (-1) floors and on the floor where the books are shelved.

It costs 15 agorot to print one side and 13 agorot to print the second side.

Payment is by credit card or by use of a printing card that can be obtained from a machine on the minus one (-1) floor.

Photocopiers – are located in the stairwell of the first floor and next to the rest rooms on the minus one (-1) floor and in the room where the books are shelved. They are accessible whenever the library is open.

Copying costs 17 agorot a page.

Payment is by credit card or by use of a photocopy card that can be obtained from the Office Services Department in the Administration Building at the entrance to the campus, before 16:00.

Printing, Copying and Scanning


The library offers readers printers and photocopy machines which require payment, and scanners free of charge.


There are three black and white printers available to students: one in the stairwell on the first (entry) floor and two on the minus one (-1) floor.

Color printing is available in the Sprinzak Building.

Payment is by credit card or by print card.

Print cards may be acquired and loaded in the machines in the print room on the minus one floor.

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 is limited to a maximum cost of 25 NIS

Do not use direct charge cards!

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

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 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.

E-mail Address

Type of printing

Black and white

Black and white, duplex

Color (printer in the Sprinzak Building)


The library has various kinds of scanners: A4 flat, A3 flat, and automatic loading, that are found on the first floor and the minus one floor.

Using the flat scanner requires entry through the Active Directory account.

Automatic loading scanners that allow the sending to emails and mobile storage are located on the first floor and minus one floor.

All the scanners are available to students whenever the library is open.


There are three photocopying machines in the library, in the corridor of the first floor and on the minus one floor. Payment is by credit card or photocopy card.

Photocopy cards can be bought and loaded at the university internal mail department located in the Administration Building, at the entrance to the Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram, between 08:00 and 16:00.


Computing and Networks

Remote Access Service

Remote access to the library’s electronic resources, which include databases, electronic journals and e-books is possible for the university community by using the SAMBA VPN service.

Remote Access Registration

Registration to the remote access service is made through The Authority for Computation, Communication and Information of the Hebrew University, in this web address:

For further information, please visit The Authority for Computation, Communication and Information website:


After creating your password and username, there are two ways to connect to the remote access service:

1) Without software installation, through the web page:

The service provides only partial access to university resources.

2) By using the Samba VPN Client software.

Guidance on installation:

Using the software allows access to all university online resources, and is the recommended method.

Wireless Internet

In all four campuses there are several wireless networks:

HUJI-Guest: an open network available to guests, and does not allow access to online university resources.

Eduroam: an international project which allows access to networks in any university with username and password.

HUJI-Dorm: can be found in some of the student dorms, requires username and password.

Access to Personal Files

It is possible to access files saved in the faculty from home.

Connect to, enter your library username and password.

For further information, refer to the Authority for Computation support:

Phone: 02-6585555


Lost and Found

Found items should be deposited with the Circulation Desk and afterwards with Emergency and Security Division which has overall responsibility for lost items on the Edmond J. Safra campus Givat Ram.

Emergency and Security Division is located near the bus platform at the entrance to the campus.

The owner should turn to Emergency and Security Division with a description of the lost item.

Emergency and Security Division phone number: 02-6585000

It is recommended that the owner also check the Facebook group “Lost and Found at the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University”:


Minus-Two Floor

Journals: Journals printed in the Cyrillic alphabet, selected bound journals

Quiet study area


Disabled Access to the Library

The Harman Science Library is located in the middle of the Edmond J. Safra Campus in Givat Ram. It is accessible by wheelchair from the main gate of the campus, by way of the National Library, or by way of the Levy Building. The main entrance to Harman Library is wheelchair accessible.

All areas of the library are accessible to the mobility challenged.

The height of the Circulation Desk and of the Reference Desk are convenient for wheelchair users.



The elevator reaches all the reading rooms, except floor -2.


Restrooms for the Disabled

On every floor there are restrooms accessible to the disabled.