Library Services

Reference Services

The Bloomfield Library extends a warm welcome to all its readers.
The Reference Department provides all library users with individual and group instruction on the use of the library and its reference services including: familiarity with the library's reading rooms, use of the library catalog, the library’s electronic resources and bibliographic management programs.

Dedicated terminals for catalog searching only are scattered throughout the library and are open to the general public.

Access to the library’s electronic resources is limited to Hebrew University students, teaching faculty and administrative staff by logging in using a username and password:
From public computers – with an AD account
Personal computers and devices – with university identification (ID number and personal code or university email address and password) or by means of the Samba program for remote access.
All floors of the library are connected to the open Wi-Fi network "HUJI- guest" and to the university Eduroam network.

Contact us:
Telephone: 02-5881587
The reference desk, located on the entrance level of the library (3rd floor), is staffed between 8:30-18:30.


Tutorials on Library Resources

Any questions or requests should be directed to the Reference Department staff.
During the first few weeks of every academic year, the library offers tutorials on getting acquainted with the library and its resources. Updates are available on the library's website and at the reference desk located on the entrance floor.
Bachelor degree students are required to sign up for the course, "Library Resources" (Course No. 74122) on "Moodle".

Reference Books
Reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, lexicons, etc. are arranged at the entrance to every floor according to the relevant area of study. Reference books may not be borrowed.


There are various styles in use for citing bibliographic sources. It is recommended to consult with your lecturer on the preferred style.
The primary citation styles used in the Humanities and Social Sciences are:

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

Borrowing Books Marked “Not for Loan” and Leaving Books on Tables
Requests to borrow books that have the status “not for loan” should be referred to the librarians at the reference desk located on the entrance floor. For long term loans of such books, please consult the subject specialist librarian.
The library staff is responsible for collecting all the books left on the tables and for reshelving them.


Shelves for books that are in use

For the readers' benefit, there are shelves for books that are still in use, located next to the information desks on the second, fourth and fifth floors. Patrons are asked to leave their piles of books on these shelves, together with a form which includes their personal details and the date that the books have been left. The books will be kept for a week. There-after they will be reshelved.   

It is possible to rent a carrel from the library secretary's office for storing personal items. 


Bibliographic Management Softwares
The softwares help organize bibliographic sources necessary for writing reports and articles. Hebrew University users enjoy access to Sciwheel (formerly F1000) and EndNote Web software. Access is available with university identification on personal computers and on all university computers.  
Patrons can also use, without payment, other bibliographic management softwares such as Mendeley or Zotero.




Circulation Rules


Circulation regulations and eligibility

Contact information:

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

Reader's card:

Books may be borrowed upon presentation of a valid reader’s card/student card for the current academic year.

Please come personally to the circulation desk to update or change your personal information.

Staff cards also serve as reader’s cards, and must be updated annually.

Readers are responsible for the items that have been borrowed on their reader's card and for returning the items on time. Notices for items that have been ordered or need to be returned will be sent by e-mail.

Readers may check the status of items on their reader's card



Eligibility for a reader’s card

Documents needed

Borrowing privileges

Hebrew University students

Valid student card


Hebrew University faculty & administrative staff

Faculty/staff card


Visiting lecturers & researchers

Official university authorization

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

Hebrew University employees without tenure

Staff card & employment contract


Hebrew University pensioners

Pensioner card



Hebrew University graduates

Hebrew University graduate's card (obtainable at the Graduates' Office, tel.: 02-5882890) + 480  NIS annually  


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

Letter from the central library of their institution

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

External students (Machon Magid)

Machon Magid card + ID document


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 for loan in exceptional cases)

Books from the reserves collection

1 day or 4 days (in exceptional cases 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)

3 hours

Earphones, office equipment in group study rooms, other equipment

During library hours


Chargers for cell phones

3 hours


Not for loan

Books from the closed collection (in the circulation department)

During library hours

CDs and DVDs from the Media Department: films & music

3 hours or 1 day



Books from the general shelves


Books from the general shelves can be borrowed for a week, unless otherwise stated (not for loan, etc.)


Books from the general shelves will be automatically renewed daily.

Books will not be renewed under the following circumstances:

  • The item has been requested by another reader
  • The item is unrenewable (reserves, reference, journals)
  • The reader’s card is not valid
  • The reader has an overdue fine

A reader who has borrowed a book that has been ordered will receive an e-mail notice requesting that he/she return the item by a certain date.

A Hebrew University e-mail address granted by the student's administration is the library's only contact address.


A book that is on loan may be requested and will be received once it has been returned to the library.
Books must be requested via the library's catalog.

A book that has arrived must be picked up at the circulation desk within 7 days. 



The reader is responsible for returning items on time.

A reader who returns requested books late, will be charged 10 NIS per day, including Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.

Books that were specially ordered, and were returned late, will be treated the same as requested books.

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. The reader will not receive any service from the faculty's secretariat.   

Reserves Collection


Books from the reserves collection on one-day loan may be loaned on Sundays-Wednesdays from 9:00 until 10:00 the following morning, and on Thursdays from 9:00 until 12:00 on Sunday.
Books on four-day loan may be loaned and returned during all library hours.


Books from the reserves collection may not be renewed.


Books from the reserves collection may be ordered (up to 2 books at a time) from the circulation desk or by telephone 02-5881501/2

A reader who orders a book from the reserves collection, will receive it the following day from 11:00 (on Sundays from 13:00). The books will be kept for him until 15:30.


A reader who returns books from the reserves collection, items from a closed collection, computers, or electronic dictionaries late will be charged 3 shekels per hour.


Some of the articles on the course reading list have been scanned to e-reserves and are accessible only to students in the relevant course. They may be searched in the library's catalog by author, title or course number.   

A detailed explanation on finding e-reserves is available in presentation 6.


Bound periodicals may be loaned for several hours during the day for photocopying.

Duplicate copies (mostly in Hebrew) may be loaned for a week.

Rare books collection

A special collection of rare books is kept in the Circulation Department. They may be viewed in the library during library hours.



Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan

Contact details

Reception hours: during library hours
When the department is closed, please contact the shift advisor at the circulation desk in order to collect your book/article
Tel. 02-5881123

  • The service is provided free of charge.
  •  For research and teaching purposes to students, researchers, teaching faculty and administrative employees. 
  •  “Free Listeners” enrolled through the Magid Institute and external readers need to pay for this service.
  • If the library holds an electronic version of the book, but the reader wishes to obtain a print copy, the reader needs to pay for the order (see prices at the bottom of the page)

How to order?

  •  Interlibrary loan orders can be ordered by means of an online form in the library’s catalog under the tag "interlibrary loans".

 Before filling out an order please identify yourself in the library system with your ID and personal code (the code used for the other university systems)

  • For instructions on how to order a physical book or a scan of a chapter from a book click here
  • For instructions on how to order a scan of an article from a journal click here
  • Upon arrival of the item, the reader will receive notification by email. The book will be kept in the office up to one month from its date of arrival; articles will be sent by email.
  • When the department is closed, please contact the circulation desk staff, who will bring you the requested book.

What can be ordered?

  • Books from other university libraries, from college libraries, from other Hebrew University Library Authority libraries (not on Mount Scopus Campus) and from abroad (currently this service is inactive due to Covid-19 restrictions) if they are loanable in the lending libraries for a minimum of a week.
  • Articles from other university and college libraries in Israel and from abroad
  • DVD's, films and microfilms cannot be ordered.
  • For scans of articles from the Mount Scopus Library collection during the Covid-19 pandemic please fill in an online form

 Returning Books

  •  Return books to the return box at the entrance to the Interlibrary Loan Department. The return date is 8 weeks following arrival, without extensions.
  •  If the book is requested sooner, the reader will receive a message.
  • A reader who does not return the book on time - will have his/her library rights blocked.
  • A reader who has lost a book will be charged a price determined by the lending library. Until payment is settled, lending and renewal rights in the library will be blocked.


Pricelist for those who are not entitled to the free service.

A book order from Israel
An order from other universities - 16 NIS
An order from other Hebrew University Library Authority libraries (not on the Mount Scopus campus) - 10 NIS
An order from college libraries - 25 NIS
An order from libraries abroad - the cost of the loan + delivery fees

A scan of an article from other universities in Israel or from Hebrew University Library Authority libraries not on the Mount Scopus campus

20 NIS (up to 50 pages), 50 NIS (for more than 50 pages)

A scan of an article from an electronic book or journal from other universities in Israel or from other Hebrew University Library Authority libraries not on the Mount Scopus campus

20 NIS

A scan of an article from college libraries in Israel
25 NIS

A scan of an article from abroad
25 NIS handling fee + the cost of the article (determined by the library from whom the photocopy was ordered).

Payment options: budget number or credit card. We cannot accept cash.


Copyright Restrictions

Orders are subject to copyright law. According to the provisions of the law, it is absolutely forbidden to photocopy, print or scan substantial parts of copyrighted works, without permission from the rights holders except for photocopies, scans or prints under the framework of "fair use" for the following purposes: self-study, research, critique, review, journalistic reporting, prefaces, teaching and an examination by an educational institution. The library reserves the right not to accept an order that, in its view, violates the copyright restrictions law.

Anyone who photocopies, scans or prints contrary to these directives violates the law.





Booking of Study Rooms

Computing and Networks

Remote Access
Remote access to the Hebrew 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
Register for a remote access account via 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 ways to connect 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 a username and password provided by the Hebrew University.
HUJI-Dorm – a network that exists in some of the Hebrew University dormitories, requiring a username and password.

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


Printing, Copying and Scanning



The printing room is located on the entrance floor of the library. Additional printers are also available on the 2nd, 4th and 5th floors. It is possible to print directly from the library’s computers and by means of “cloud printing” from laptops and smartphones.
Payment is with credit cards or print cards issued by Sherut Hamafil Ltd.
It is not recommended to use “direct” credit cards or debit cards.


Printing pricelist

Photocopy pricelist

Regular printing: 15 agorot per page

Duplex printing (printing on both sides): 15 agorot for the first side, 13 agorot for the second side

Color printing: 1 shekel per page (it is not possible to print on both sides from a color printer)

You can print up to an amount of 25 shekels by credit card

 A4 page: 16 agorot

Photocopy cards  (uncharged): 4 shekels


Cloud Printing - Printing from Mobile Devices 
Cloud printing (Mobile Print) enables you to send by email, documents to all public printing stations at the Hebrew University from anywhere and from any device: laptop, personal computer, tablet, or smart phone.

The sender will be identified via his/her email address. Files to be printed should be sent to one of the following addresses. All files will be available for printing up to two hours after being sent and will then be deleted automatically.

Type of Print

Mount Scopus

Black & white

Duplex black & white



Photocopy Machines
There is a photocopy room on the entrance floor of the library. There are additional photocopiers on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors. Payment is with credit cards or special print cards available in the printing room.



Flatbed A4 scanners: located throughout the library.

Flatbed A3 scanner: located in the Media Department.

Surface laser scanner: located in the printing room on the entrance floor.

Documents scanner: located in the printing room on the entrance floor.

Use of scanners requires login with an AD account, which can be created on every public computer. All scanners are available for use by readers during library hours.




Borrowing Laptops and Other Equipment


Holders of a valid reader's card may borrow the following items from the circulation desk:

Laptop Computer - may be borrowed for the whole day  

PC 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 for the whole day

USB Keyboards in various languages: Hebrew, English, Russian, & Arabic - may be borrowed for the whole day

USB Mouse - may be borrowed for the whole day 

HDMI & VGA adaptors - for connecting laptops to LCD screens - may be borrowed for the whole day 

Cell phone charger - may be borrowed for up to 3 hours

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

Calculator - may be borrowed for the whole day 

Electronic Dictionary – Oxford English-Hebrew and English-Hebrew-Arabic -  may be borrowed for the whole day 

Markers and Whiteboard Erasers for use in the group study rooms - may be borrowed for the whole day 

LCD Screens – electronic notice boards may be found throughout the library. LCD screens may also be found 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.