Founded in 1970, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Library houses an interdisciplinary collection of over 40,000 books and journals. The library offers its users state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, an online catalog of the physical collection and access to online databases. There are two separate libraries – one in the historic Van Leer building, and the other in the Polonsky Academy building.
The Library’s users, known as “Library Fellows” submit their credentials annually, and are selected based on the recommendation of the Institute’s Director. The Library Fellows are researchers at Israeli Universities, visiting scholars from abroad, intellectuals, or public figures.
Library Fellows enjoy borrowing privileges, have use of desk in the library and actively participate in the Institute’s activities. Each month, one of the Library Fellows presents a lecture at the Library Fellows’ Seminar.
The Library Fellows are part of a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to supporting the mission of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute as a whole.