Founded in 1970, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute Library contains an interdisciplinary collection of over 40,000 books and journals. The library provides users with 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 for membership 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, journalists, intellectuals, or public figures.
Library Fellows enjoy borrowing privileges and have use of a desk in the library. They actively participate in the Institute’s activities, and every 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.
Listen to the Van Leer Series on Ideas Podcast on the New Books Network, hosted by Library Fellow Dr. Renee Garfinkel.
Library Fellows’ Bibliography
The Library Fellows' bibliography is a periodic compilation of the Library Fellows' published works (excluding books).
All items listed in the bibliography are available full-text to other Fellows, which enables members of the library community to become familiar with their colleagues' work.