Library Services

Reference Services


The Bloomfield Library extends a warm welcome to all its readers.

The Reference Department is responsible for providing all library users with individual and group instruction on the use of the library and its reference services including: organization of the library's reading rooms, use of the library catalog, the library’s electronic resources and bibliographic management programs.

Designated terminals, open to the general public, are scattered throughout the library for searching in the catalog only. 

All floors of the library are connected to the open Wi-Fi network "HUJI- guest" and to the university network Eduroam.
Access to the library's electronic services is limited to Hebrew University students and faculty.
The use of the library's electronic resources using private computers and devices requires connection to the university server via "remote access" and identification by username and password.

Contact us:
Telephone: 02-5881587

Searching Library Resources

Any questions or requests should be directed to the staff of the reference department.

For instruction on the use of library resources please contact:

The main reference desk, located on the entrance level of the library (3rd floor), is staffed between 8:30-20:30.

The reference desks located on the fourth and fifth floors provide intermittent service during the day.

During the first few weeks of the 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 main reference desk.

Bachelor’s Degree students are required to sign up for the course, "Library Resources" (Course No. 74122) on "Moodle".

Tutorials on Library Resources
Library patrons are invited to take advantage of tutorials on the library's resources which can be found on the library's website.
The presentations were created for the course “Library Resources” (Course No. 74122)

Presentation files :

  Presentation 1 – Introduction
  Presentation 2 – Remote 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, lexicons, etc. are arranged on wooden shelves on 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 librarian 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 returning them to their proper place on the shelves.

Shelves for books that are in use

For the readers' benefit, there are special shelves for books that are still in use, located next to the information desks on the 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 shelved.   

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

Bibliographic Management Softwares
The softwares help students and faculty organize bibliographic sources necessary for writing reports and articles. Hebrew University users enjoy access to the F1000 and EndNote Web softwares accessible on all university computers and via "remote access" from other computers.

Patrons can also use, without payment, other bibliographic 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

Inter library loan Book Order Form

Interlibrary loan Article Order Form 

Opening Hours: regular library hours.

When the Interlibrary Loan Department is closed, please approach the shift supervisor at the Circulation Department.

Tel. 02-5881123

There is no charge for this service.

Who is entitled to order?

Eligibility: anyone with a valid reader’s card. This service is available to Hebrew University researchers, lecturers and students (for free from 01/11/18 – pilot project)

How does one order?

  • Forms can be obtained at the entrance to the Interlibrary Loan Department and on the website.
  • Orders are usually supplied within two weeks.
  • After the item has arrived, you will be notified by e-mail. Books will be kept for two weeks from the date of arrival. Articles will be sent by e-mail.
  • When the department is closed, please approach the circulation desk for receipt of your book.
  • Books that are being returned can be placed in the box at the entrance to the interlibrary loan department. Books can be loaned for 8 weeks only, no renewals.
  • If the book is required before then, a notice will be sent to the reader.

What can be ordered?

Mt. Scopus Readers

  1. Books from libraries on other Hebrew University campuses, and other university and college libraries in Israel and abroad that can be loaned for a week and more.
  2. Articles from university and college libraries in Israel and abroad (not microfilm).
  3. For Scanned items from the library's collection during the "Corona Period" please, fill out this form

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

Delay or non-return of books

  • A reader who has not returned a book on time will have his/her library privileges blocked.
  • A reader who has lost a book will be required to compensate the lending library. Until payment has been settled, all library privileges will be blocked. 

The interlibrary loan service enables Hebrew University faculty and students to order books, and articles in books and journals that are not available in the library from other Hebrew University libraries, and from libraries and colleges in Israel and abroad.

The service is available free of charge (as part of the pilot) for research and teaching purposes, to all students, researchers and academic and administrative staff. Machon Magid students and external students are not included in the pilot and are required to pay for the service. 

Price list for interlibrary loans for those excluded from the pilot:

Books from Israel

Hebrew University libraries on other campuses - 10 NIS

Other universities – 16 NIS

Colleges – 25 NIS

Books from libraries abroad – price determined by the lending library + delivery fees

Photocopy of an article from Hebrew University libraries on other campuses, and university libraries in Israel  

Up to 50 pages – 20 NIS

More than 50 pages – 50 NIS

Electronic article – 20 NIS

Photocopy of an article from college libraries in Israel

25 ILS

Photocopy of an article from an overseas library  

25 NIS handling fee + fee determined by the lending library

Means of payment: budget account number, credit card or cash.  

Copyright Notice

The service is carried out in accordance with the Copyright Law. The law stipulates that it is forbidden to photocopy, print or scan a substantial part of copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owner, except for photocopies, scans and print-outs under the framework of "fair use" for the following purposes: private study, research, critique, review, news reports, teaching or during examinations in an educational institution. The library reserves the right to refuse to accept an order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order violates copyright restrictions.

Anyone who photocopies, prints or scans material contrary to these provisions, 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

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


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.