Library Services

Reference Services

The Library Reference 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, the library’s electronic resources and bibliographic reference programs

Bibliographic Reference 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 its patrons.
Special terminals open to the general public without need of a username and password, are scattered 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.
The use of library electronic resources by private computers requires "distant access" in order to connect to the university server and involves identifying oneself with a user name and password.

Contact us:
Telephone: 02-5881587

Searching Library Resources

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

Instruction on the use of library resources can be ordered online at:

The main Information Desk is located on the entrance level of the library and provides services between 8:30 and 20:30.

Other Service Desks are located on the second, third, and fourth floors but provide only intermittent service during the day.

During the first two weeks of the academic year the library offers daily courses on getting acquainted with library resources. Exact times and places are listed on the library home page and at the main Information Desk.

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".

Tutorials on Library Resources
Library patrons are invited to take advantage of library tutorials on library services.
The presentations were created for the course “Library Resources” (Course No. 74122)

Presentation files :

  Presentation 1 – Introduction
  Presentation 2 – Distant Access to Library Resources
  Presentation 3 – Readers Card
  Presentation 4 – Searching the library catalog
  Presentation 5 – Finding a book on the shelf
  Presentation 6 – Reserve books
  Presentation 7 – Searching in other libraries and inter-library loans
  Presentation 8 – Searching by subject and preparing bibliographies
  Presentation 9 – Summary and frequently asked questions

Reference Books
Reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc. are arranged on the relevant floors of the library, on wooden shelves. Reference books may not be borrowed.

Preparing Bibliographies
Different systems are in use for quoting bibliographic sources. You should consult course instructors on the system they prefer.
The main systems for quoting sources used in the Humanities and Social Sciences are:

Borrowing Books Marked “Not for Loan” and Leaving Books on Tables
Requests to borrow books that are marked “not for loan” (Lo LeHashala) should be addressed to the main Information Desk on the entrance floor. For long term loans of such books, consult the subject specialist librarian.
The library staff is responsible for gathering all the books left on the tables and returning them to their proper place on the shelves.
Leaving books on the table for periods of up to one week is possible on condition that they are arranged in a pile with a note on top in readable handwriting with the patron’s name and the date that the books have been left.

ATTENTION:  Do not leave books from other floors on the library tables. Also do not leave on them books that have already been borrowed or reserve books or books that do not belong to the Humanities and Social Science Library.

It is possible to rent a carrel from the library secretary's office and to store books there



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:            02-5881214/5
Reserved Books Desk:  02-5881501

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

Inter library loan Book Order Form

Interlibrary loan Article Order Form 

Opening Hours

Sunday-Wednesday                 09:00 - 21:45
Thursday                 09:00 - 19:00

When the Interlibrary Loan Department is closed, please ask at the Circulation Department.


Tel. 02-5881123

There is no charge for this service.

Who is entitled to use the service?

Anyone with a valid reader’s card. This service is for teachers and students of the Hebrew University (for free from 01/11/18 – pilot project)

How does one use the service?

  • Forms can be obtained at the entrance to the Interlibrary Loan Department or from the links at the top of this page.
  • After your order is received (and usually within two weeks), you will be contacted by e-mail. Books will be kept for you for in the Interlibrary Loan Department for two weeks. If the department is closed please request your order from the supervisor of the Circulation Department. Articles will be sent by e-mail.
  • Books are loaned for only 8 weeks, no renewals.
  • If the book is required by the loaning library, a notice will be sent to the reader.

What can be ordered?

Mt. Scopus Readers

  1. Books from other Hebrew University campuses and other university and college libraries in Israel and abroad that are for loan for a week and more.
  2. Articles from university and college libraries in Israel and abroad (not from microfilms).
  3. Scans of materials from the library collection is a charged service, available only for borrowers with a budget number

Readers from Abroad

  1. For articles from books or journals held in the Hebrew University Libraries, please turn to your respective Interlibrary Loan Department at your institution.
  2. Please note: We do not send books from our collection abroad. You may try to locate the  item you need at the National Library and request it from their Interlibrary Loan Department, 

This service is free of charge (pilot project from 01/11/18)


  • Readers who do not return requested items on time will have their library privileges revoked until the items are returned and all fees are paid.
  • Readers who lose a book will have their library privileges revoked until payment is made to the Interlibrary Loan Department for the loaning library.

The interlibrary service is free of charge (within the pilot) only for research and educational purposes, for all students, researchers and academic and administrative staff. Machon Magid students and external paying readers are not included in the pilotand are required to pay for the service. Book and articles available in the library collections can also be ordered, but the service is to be paid for.

Pricing for interlibrary loan for those not included in the pilot:

Book order

Book from the Hebrew University - 10 ILS
Book from other Universities – 16 ILS
Book from colleges – 25 ILS

Article order (from a university)

Article up to 50 pages – 20 ILS
Article over 50 pages – 50 ILS
Electronic article – 20 ILS

Article order (from a college)

Article up to 50 pages – 25 ILS
Article over 50 pages – 50 ILS
Electronic article / chapter of a book – 25 ILS


Copyright Notice

Copyright Law governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyright material. Libraries and archives are authorized to provide a photocopy or other reproduction for private study, scholarship or research only. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or other reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user will be liable for copyright infringement. The library reserves the right to refuse to accept an order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order violates copyright restrictions.




Booking of Study Rooms

Computing and Networks

Remote Access
Remote access to the University libraries’ electronic resources, including databases, electronic journals (ejournals), and electronic books (ebooks) is provided to Hebrew University students and faculty through the Samba VPN service.

Opening a Remote Access Account
Registration for a remote access account through the University Authority for Computation, Communication, and Information, The Computer Authority on the following Web page:

For further information
 enter the Computer Authority’s website: and click on:חשבון-remote-access-ra

Connecting to the Internet

After creating a personal account and a password, there are two methods of connecting to the Remote Access Service:

1. Using Samba Web VPN, without installing the program. This service allows access to some of the University's electronic resources.

2. Installing Samba VPN Client:

The installation of the Samba VPN Client program allows access to all of the University’s online services. This is the recommended method.
For guidance on installing the program, click on:מדריך-להורדה-והתקנה-vpn

Wireless Access to the Internet
The four campuses have several wireless networks:
HUJI guest – an open network available for guests that does not allow access to the university’s online resources.
Eduroam – an international project that allows access to electronic material using the username and password provided by the Hebrew University.
HUJI-Dorm – a network that exists in some of the Hebrew University dormitories, which requires a username and password.

For more information, contact Technical Assistance at the Computer Authority:
Telephone:  02-6585555.


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

Black & white

Duplex black & white



Location of Printers, Photocopy Machines, and Scanners
There is a photocopy room on the entry floor of the library close to the entrance and a print room close to the computer classroom. There are also printers and copy machines on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors. There are also scanners on every floor of the library.


Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment

Laptop Computer - may be borrowed for up to a whole day by the holders of valid reader’s cards.

Stationary Computers are stationed on every floor of the library. They are available for use whenever the library is open. Access is open to those with an account in the Active Directory , by means of a user name and password.

Earphones - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk by holders of valid reader’s cards for up to a whole day.

USB Keyboards in various languages: Hebrew, English, Russian, & Arabic - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk by holders of valid reader’s cards for up to a whole day.

USB Mouse - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards.

HDMI & VGA adaptors - for connecting laptops to LCD screens. May be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to a whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards.

Cell phone charger - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk by holders of valid reader’s cards for up to 3 hours.

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

Calculator – scientific and financial calculators may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to one whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards.

Electronic Dictionary – Oxford English-Hebrew and English-Hebrew-Arabic may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to one whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards.

Markers and Whiteboard Erasers for use in the group study rooms - may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk for up to one whole day by holders of valid reader’s cards.

LCD Screens - may be found throughout the library for notices and in the group study rooms.




Assistive Technology Workstation

Library Services for Patrons with Disabilities
To get to the library, please see the a map of the campus showing access routes and facilities for the disabled.
All workstations in our Periodicals Department are equipped with wide screen 22 inch monitors which are suitable for the visually impaired.
In addition, workstations  for persons with disabilities, donated to the library, are located ion the 2nd and 3rd floors. The workstations are equipped with:

Adjustable Desk
Desks with electronically adjustable heights suitable for wheelchair users and people with back problems.

Powerful PCs with large monitors enabling continuous display of magnified material without excess scrolling for use by patrons with visual impairments. 

Additional devices include headphones, a keyboard with large keys (with shield) and a selection of mice for the disabled. See following table:

buddy switch

Buddy Switch

A large surface switch, easy to see and easy to use


mouse plus two switches

Mouse + 2 switches + 2 plugs

Large surface switches


microtrack mouse

Microtrack Mouse

Can be chin-operated


pc track mouse

PCTrack Mouse USB

Trackball mouse with large ball and buttons. Very stable


large key keyboard

Large Key Keyboard + shield + cover

For people suffering from tremors, partial paralysis or unsteady hands. Also suitable for people with visual impairments.


kids mouse

Kid's Mouse

Large trackball, easy maneuverability, with good separation between buttons. Requires less fine motor control than standard mouse.


Ergonomic Joystick

Ergonomic Joystick

Lightweight and easy to use helping those with repetitive strain injury, as the hand remains vertical.


In addition to standard library software (catalog, databases, electronic journals, Office, Internet browser, etc.) all public stations offer: 

ZoomText - Screen magnification application              
Kol Kore – A program that reads Hebrew texts 
Dyslexia - A program that helps to avoid mistakes caused by dyslexia.

The text reading  programs allow a student to store files in MP3 format.

The station also has a Babylon multi-lingual dictionary installed.

Printing, Scanning and Copying
Standard printing, scanning and copying facilities are located near the workstation.

Would you like the library to acquire any additional assistive technology devices? For further questions or suggestions please contact Sara Grosvald by e-mail, by telephone 02-5882134, or by fax 02-5322435.