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National Library of Israel
International Membership

Thank you for your interest in becoming an international member of the National Library of Israel!
Founded in 1892 and for decades one of Israel's best-kept secrets, the National Library of Israel (NLI) serves as the vibrant institution of national memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths. It has recently embarked upon an ambitious journey of renewal, and is now opening access and encouraging meaningful engagement with the treasures of Jewish and Israeli culture as never before.

Membership Benefits

As an international member you will help us write the next chapter in the history of Israel and the Jewish people and will be entitled to a range of special benefits.
Special Annual
International Membership
$250
  • International Library Card with borrowing rights
  • Introductory gift
  • Discounted entry to National Library cultural events
  • Reduced fees on a range of Library services
  • Special updates from the National Library
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Premium Annual
International Membership
$1,000
  • International Library Card with borrowing rights
  • Premium introductory gift
  • Personal long distance expert librarian
  • Private tour of the National Library when you're in Jerusalem, with a welcome cup of coffee
  • Invitations to exclusive National Library events in Israel and around the world
  • Free entry to cultural events at the National Library
  • Reduced fees on a range of Library services
  • Special updates from the National Library
JOIN AS A premium MEMBER
Exclusive Lifetime
International Membership
with Recognition in New Building
$18,000
  • Naming recognition on a study station (carrel) in the new National Library building in Jerusalem (special limited-time offer)
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  • International Library Card with borrowing rights
  • Premium introductory gift
  • Personal long distance expert librarian
  • Private tour of the National Library when you're in Jerusalem, with a welcome cup of coffee
  • Invitations to exclusive National Library events in Israel and around the world
  • Free entry to cultural events at the National Library
  • Reduced fees on a range of Library services
  • Special updates from the National Library
JOIN AS An exclusive MEMBER

National Library Renewal

While continuing to serve as Israel's pre-eminent research library, we have recently embarked upon an ambitious journey of renewal to open access to our treasures and encourage diverse audiences in Israel and around the globe to engage with them in new and meaningful ways.

This is taking place through a range of innovative educational, cultural and digital initiatives, as well as through a new landmark complex designed by Herzog & de Meuron, with Mann-Shinar serving as the Executive Architect. Our new home, currently under construction adjacent to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem, is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

© Herzog & de Meuron; Mann-Shinar Architects, Executive Architect

Treasures & Collections

NLI is responsible for collecting, preserving, and encouraging engagement with the cultural and intellectual heritage of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel, its people, and region across the ages.

Our treasures include the largest collection of written Judaica ever amassed, significant handwritten works by luminaries such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, exquisite Islamic manuscripts dating back to the ninth century, and archival collections of leading cultural and intellectual figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Natan Sharansky and Naomi Shemer. We hold the largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music, as well as world-class collections of manuscripts, ancient maps, rare books, photographs, and more.

Moses Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, illuminated manuscript, Spain 14th century

Islamic Manuscript Collection

Dan Hadani Collection, 1960s

Ketubbah, Ancona, Italy, 1771

FAQ

Questions? Comments?
Write to us: members@nli.org.il

Can my family also benefit from my membership?

Absolutely! Memberships are per household.

Can I bring family and friends on my private tour?

Certainly! You can have up to ten people on your curated tour.

How do I renew my membership?

Simply email us at members@nli.org.il

How will I hear about special events and do I need tickets?

We will update you by email about upcoming events and relevant ticket information.

How do I reach out to my personal expert librarian?

We'll send information in your welcome packet.

Is my membership fee tax deductible?

Yes, it is tax deductible in the USA and Israel. Regarding potential tax benefits in other countries or if you have any other questions, please contact: members@nli.org.il.

Do I have to pay online?

No, please email us with any questions related to payment including information on paying by check and bank transfer: members@nli.org.il.

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