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Libraries and Study Rooms

Libraries and Study Rooms


Axel Springer Art and Archaeology Library

 The Library of the Israel Museum was established in 1965 in order to provide research tools to the Museum's curators. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is home to an encyclopedic collection, and its Library Collections also cover a comprehensive range of subjects related to the Museum exhibits. In addition, the Library houses collections which integrate, support, and address subjects associated with the Museum's function. The unique collections donated to the Library of the Israel Museum, over the years, reflect the Museum's areas of expertise and enhance its Collections. Housing over 170,000 titles in a variety of languages. The Library subscribes to more than 120 up-to-date publications about relevant subjects, some of them in digital format. Readers are also welcome to access a number of significant, digital databases, available in the Library.
The readers are invited to use the electronic databases from within the library. The library has Wifi, photocopyers and scanners.


Opening Hours:
 Sun, Wed, Thurs  | 10 am-4 pm
Tues | 4-8 pm


Tel. 02 670-8886


Illustration Library

Naturally, the children’s library at the Israel Museum focuses first and foremost on illustration, since illustration is an art form in its own right. Museum visitors sometimes are unaware of this connection. 

With art education as its mission, the Israel Museum Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education places great importance on the presence of a  children's literature library which focuses on illustrations. The Library has pioneered the documentation and promotion of illustration in children's literature in Israel and is a recognition of the role of children's book illustrations in art education. They are among the first works of art which children encounter. This underlying principle is expressed at every level of the Library's activity.

The Library's unique character is readily apparent in the manner in which books are catalogued and arranged on the shelves according to the illustrators' last names rather than those of the authors' last names. The challenge posed to the visitor by adhering to this principle proves its necessity: paradoxically, we recognize and remember an illustration seen in childhood — often with more clarity than the story itself — yet we rarely know the illustrator's name.

The Youth Wing Library houses more than 7,500 children's books from Israel and abroad. The collection includes books written in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and other languages. A number of the volumes are antique and rare. The Library also houses a collection of books addressing various aspects of art education. Visitors are invited to browse and use the books inside the Library, but this is not a lending library.

The Library has two target audiences. Firstly, children and their parents fulfil a vital role; children are the intended users of the books. Their parents often happily rediscover books which they had enjoyed as children and are then able to share with their own children. Secondly, a variety of educators, students, and professionals are enriched by encounters with the illustrated books in the collection and carry that back to their work.

The Library presents rotating exhibitions of original illustrations, sometimes in conjunction with the annual exhibitions mounted in the Youth Wing. There is a special reference room in the Library, in which visitors can peruse rare books and original illustrations from the collection.


Library opening hours

Sunday | 10 am - 2 pm

Tuesday | 4 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday, Thursday | 12 pm - 4 pm

Saturday | 10 am - 2 pm


Study Rooms

Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; The Arturo Schwarz Dada and Surrealist Library; The Norman Bier Section for Maps of the Holy Land
By appointment only
Prints and Drawings, Schwarz Library, and Bier Map Section: Tel. 02 670-8853
Photographs: Tel. 02 670-8843

The Isidore and Anne Falk Information Center for Jewish Art and Life
By appointment only: Tel. 02 677-1304
About the Center

Information Center for Israeli Art 
Study room adjacent to the Library

The Center offers a comprehensive resource representing thousands of Israeli painters, sculptors, photographers, graphic and industrial designers, ceramists, jewelers, and related arts and crafts.

Visitors to the museum can search artist files both physically and digitally, including biographical notes, press cuttings, videos, slides, and photographs of artworks, as well as current and past exhibitions both in Israel and abroad.

Opening hours:

Mon, Wed
10 am - 2 pm

4 pm - 8 pm

Study room adjacent to the Library
By appointment only
Tel. 670- 8018

The Information Center for Israeli Art updates artist files for 12,000 Israeli artists in house. Online there is a selection of information about some 6000 Israeli artists.
Search for artist A-Z 

The Information Center for Israeli Art contains important and unique archival collections of galleries and artists. To view these archives please contacts us in order to schedule a visit. The Information Center for Israeli Art archives include:  

Works of the artists and information are from catalogs published by the museum, and from documentation deposited in the Information Center for Israeli Art, by the artists themselves, or from various other sources. Copyright of the individual works of art resides with the artist or the artist's heirs. The works may not be copied, published or distributed without the artist's permission.

By appointment only
Tel. 02 670-8018

Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center 
in Memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am - 4 pm 
Tues  4- 9 pm 
Fri and Holiday Eves 10 am - 2 pm
Sat 10 am - 5 pm 
For further information, call 02 633-2564 
About the Study Center

Closed on Saturdays

Rockefeller Archaeological Museum
Tel. 628-2251

Youth Wing Illustration Library
Tel. 02 670- 8952
Computerized catalog