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Address: Edmond Safra campus | Givat Ram, Jerusalem POB 39105 Jerusalem 91390, Israel
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A tour of the National Library is a rare glimpse into realms of the past,...

A tour of the National Library is a rare glimpse into realms of the past, some of them fading, and realms of the present as they take shape.​

The National Library houses unique collections of ancient maps and rare books, an abundance of original music recordings, ephemera and advertisements from various periods in the history of Palestine-Israel, a comprehensive press archive, and more.

 

Library tours highlight collection items that the ordinary reader is unlikely to encounter.

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Great place to do research

The National Library has excellent collections in Judaica, Islam, and other fields. The staff is friendly and helpful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The National Library has excellent collections in Judaica, Islam, and other fields. The staff is friendly and helpful.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This library has the right atmosphere -learning in a very welcoming library. The staff is nice and the library's collections are amazing.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Built on the Givat Ram Campus of the Hebrew University serving also as the title saysHolds more than 5 million books,uDream for any book lover,Very strong in Judaica,Includes many rare books and collectiones including the archives of Albert Einstein,KAFKA,Max Brot,many writers and musicians

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Neve Daniel, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

If you are interested in the treasures of the culture of the Jewish people - this is the place for you! It is well worth finding out when the free tours take place since this is the way to find the amazing maps, documents, photographs, postcards and of course the rare books in the library collections. The guide is wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

A beautiful building with one of the largest stained glass windows in the world. Taking the guided tour was a good idea - it help us visiting in some places that we wouldn't have known to get to be our self. The library has a huge collection of old maps which was so exiting to see.

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Thank Yaara T
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

It has one of the largest stained glass windows I've seen with an English and Hebrew explanation. The library is free to use but you must check your bag. The collection of books and magazines is unmatched for its focus on Israel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Housing all Hebrew literature this is an impressive collection. Throughout the building there are a number of exhibits of the walls with interesting descriptions to add extra ambience. The cafe is also a good place for lunch.

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Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

This library holds all titles printed in Hebrew as well as a very wide collection of books printed through the ages dealing with Judaism, Israel and other subjects relating to such. There is also a map room which houses thousands of maps, some hundreds of years old. Great place for Library geeks to visit.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2014

If you visite the National Library of Israel you should ask first of all for a guided tour. The history of the library and of the collections is really exiting. I recommend especially the collection of old maps and the section of Judaica. And don't forget to ask for the symbology in the great stained glass window of the artist... More 

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