NLI, the National Library for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths, is a dynamic center for scholarship, culture, connection, and creativity, and a global institution at the forefront of the democratization of knowledge.

Image: Amulet, with name of God and of angels, and symbols of the twelve tribes. 19th century.

The “National Library Law” was adopted by the Knesset in 2007, officially establishing the National Library of Israel and defining its purpose: to collect, preserve, cultivate and endow treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture, with an emphasis on the Land of Israel, the State of Israel and the Jewish people in particular, giving vibrant and innovative expression to the concept of the Jewish people as the People of the Book.

In 2010, the National Library embarked on a visionary journey of renewal that makes it a model for twenty-first century libraries, striving to become a vital center of scholarship, knowledge dissemination, cultural life, and creativity, serving Israel’s diverse communities and the Jewish people worldwide, and providing universal, open access to knowledge and heritage to audiences in Israel and across the globe.  This transformative renewal is taking place through a range of innovative and meaningful educational, cultural, and digital initiatives and will reach new heights with completion of the iconic new National Library of Israel complex, currently under construction in Jerusalem.

A model of scholarship and knowledge dissemination

Open and free access
Dynamic center for research and scholarship
Global provider of digital content on Israel and Judaism
Innovative educational programs

A model of cultural preservation, creativity, and diversity

Preservation of intellectual and cultural heritage of the Jewish people and Israel
Cultural programs to encourage diverse forms of engagement
Initiatives to facilitate the creation of new works
Permanent and temporary exhibitions