What are the available services, and who may use them?

The library is open to the general public, who may use the library's consultation services, the databases and the collection without charge beyond the Museum entrance charge. We recommend becoming a Museum member.

The Library staff assists readers in searches and holds trainings for groups of students and individuals, on prior arrangement.
There are seven online computer stations as well as a VCR for watching cassettes.


In addition, the library offers copying and scanning services at a charge (see below).


This is a reference library; no material may be borrowed.

Where is the library located and what are the opening hours?

The library is located in the Museum, on the second floor


Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00-16:00

Tuesday: 14:00-20:00


 Bags must be left in the cloak room on the ground floor, where a transparent plastic bag may be obtained for necessary objects.


Can I photocopy or scan materials?

The library has three black-and-white photocopiers, an A4 and an A3 scanner, a burner and a slide-copying device. There is a charge for these services.

How can I find material?

Use the library catalogue to find books on specific artists or subjects.

Use the explanatory notes on this site.

Search for essays in Hebrew and foreign-language journals using the library's databases; see explanations below.

Artist Files, which include mostly newspaper clippings collected over decades, may be requested from the library staff. For details see the page on documenting art in Israel.

In addition, the library has documentaries on various artists and topics in art history; films are searchable on the library catalogue.


How is the library organized?

The library combines several classification systems for the readers' convenience:

In the Israeli art section general books and catalogues are shelved together; all shelf numbers begin with the letter I.
Books and catalogues on specific Israeli artists are alphabetically organized by artist's surname.

Books in the section including non-Israeli artists are also organized alphabetically, by surname in Latin characters.

In a further section, on various art topics in various eras, books are classified according to the Dewey Decimal System.

How do I search for essay in journals?

Essays published in journals in Hebrew and other languages are searchable using the library computers. Search is made using computerized databases with links to the journals; in some cases printing out the essays is possible.

Details of the databases and journals are available on this website.

Can I consult the Artist Files?

The Library hosts the Israel Art Documentation Center, holding thousands of Artist Files for established and contemporary artists, mostly Israeli. The files hold newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs etc. Files may be studied and materials photocopied; please take special care handling the materials.

Further details about files held within the documentation center are available on this website.


Which journals does the library subscribe to?

The library is known for its extensive collection of journals from early 20th century onwards. Not all journals are listed on the online catalogue; please telephone or email to find out, especially for older journals.

The library subscribes to major journals on art, including design and architecture. The online catalogue can be searched for journals by journal title.

Does the library hold catalogues of exhibitions from other museums in Israel and abroad?

The library has catalogue-exchange agreement with museums in Israel and overseas. We hold all art catalogues published in Israel, as well as many overseas catalogues. Catalogues of contemporary exhibitions around the world can be found in the library; we receive some of these publications, and purchase others.