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Library Guide & Policy

The goal of the Rothberg International School’s Judah L. Berger Memorial Library and Mekler-Benenson Families Reference Library is to serve the needs of RIS students and faculty. All other students and faculty of Hebrew University are entitled to use RIS library services as well. 

Library Registration

Each new student must personally register at the front desk in the library with a valid student card that serves as his/her “library card”, and an e-mail address.


On the library’s website students can find library tutorials in various languages. These tutorials encompass all necessary information about the library’s different functions and are highly recommended.


In order to search the catalog off campus or on a personal device for online materials such as electronic books, online journal articles, and online films directories, please make sure to sign in to the catalog. In addition to all HU libraries’ physical collections, the catalog includes a variety of exquisite online databases in different fields of interest.

Open Stacks

Books on the open shelves may be borrowed for a week. They are automatically renewed (up to one year), as long as no one else requests them. Should somebody else request a book that has been borrowed, the reader will be notified by e-mail.

Journals, dictionaries, and other books with yellow labels are for use in the library only and cannot be borrowed.


Students should check the due date of their books via the catalog.  When returning books, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the books returned are no longer listed on his/her library account. Students will be charged a daily fine for late returns on books from the open stacks, and an hourly fine for late returns of reserve books.

Reserve Section

Books required for courses are located in the reserve section, behind the front desk. Folders with all course syllabi are located at the front desk as well. Please refer to these folders for a book’s call number before making a request. Reserve books are limited to use during the day in the reading room only, for two hours at a time. In addition, reserve books may be borrowed overnight from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m. the following day.

Reading Lists

Most required readings for courses can be accessed via the “Reading List” on Moodle. Reading lists include materials such as E-Books, E-Journal articles, ERESERVEs which are scanned materials (E-offprints), and films.

Library Privileges for Alumni

Rothberg International School Alumni are eligible for an additional year of access to HebrewU’s online databases. Additionally, Rothberg Alumni can pay a yearly fee in order to borrow books from any of the university’s libraries. Rothberg’s library staff is happy to stay in touch, provide support, and answer any questions.

Printers and Scanner

One printer is located in the library and is operated either by a personal credit card or by a printing card which can be purchased at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (from a machine located near the entrance). In addition, there is one scanner, which can be used free of charge. Scanned files will arrive straight to the student’s email.

Library Computers

The computers in the library are for research only. Initial configuration (creation of user name and password) can be done individually or by the computer support staff in room 106. Wireless connection (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the Boyar Building.

Wifi Connection to Library Databases

Please follow the computer authority’s webpage instructions in order to set a remote connection to HU databases with your personal device.


No food or drinks are allowed in the library.  Mobile phones must be kept on silent at all times.

No personal belongings (books, bags, laptop, etc.) may be left unattended in the library.

A student’s library privileges may be blocked in the following cases: late return of books, loss of books, or improper behavior in the library.

Other HU Libraries

Library Address
Bloomfield Library for the Humanities and Social SciencesMount Scopus campus
Archaeology LibraryMount Scopus campus
Berman Medical LibraryEin Kerem campus
Library of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentRehovot campus, Givat Ram
Education & Social Work LibraryMount Scopus campus
Harman Science LibraryEdmond J. Safra campus, Givat Ram
Bernard G. Segal Law LibraryMount Scopus campus
The National Library of IsraelEdmond J. Safra campus, Givat Ram
Mathematics & Computer Science LibraryEdmond J. Safra campus, Givat Ram
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Pre-Academic Library Mount Scopus campus

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