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About the Library

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa is a central academic library serving the research and teaching needs of all faculties and programs. It is one of the largest academic libraries in Israel staffed by a team of motivated professionals offering services supported by advanced technology and information systems. Anyone from age 16 and older may use the library's services and collections in-house. Remote access to electronic and digital resources is available to the university's faculty, staff and students. opening hours are announced on the Library's Web site. The Rechter Prize for excellence in Architecture, 2016


- Up to 500 items per user loaned to university faculty, students and staff
- Automated loan renewal
- Automated hold requests for items on loan
- Interlibrary loan services in Israel and abroad
- Borrowing privileges by subscription for the public

Reference and Instruction

The library's varied instructional media and programs reflect our commitment to helping users make the most of the library's resources:
- One-minute films about library services
- Online orientation tutorial
- Online tutorial for information literacy and database guides
- Course-related instruction
- Computer-based library instruction
- Individual consultations for graduate students and faculty by appointment


Housed and accessible in our updated and recently enlarged facility of 16,000 sq. m. are 2.5 million print and electronic items as of 2013. Our utstanding and continuously growing collections of books and journals, films, audio and cartographic materials, and bibliographic databases include:

- 43,500 journal titles
- 1,100,000 book titles
- 8,000 theses
- 106,000 digital images
- 23, 300 maps
- 750 databases
- 22,100 media titles (visual & audio)

Special Collections

Abba Khoushi Archives and rare books
- Assessment tools
- Institutional repository of the university's Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations
- Reserved books and electronic course readings
- Children's Library and Literature – serves as a research and teaching laboratory to explore and compare personal reading preferences and needs of children. Workshops to promote reading and information literacy are held for children and parents from the community.

The library initiates and focuses on the development, digitization and preservation of special collections, such as dissertations, faculty research publications, historical photographs of the Land of Israel, archives of Israeli theater and performing arts. These are accessible online on the library's website, subject to viewing permissions designated by the copyright owners.


The library's collections and databases can be searched online via our "OneSearch" discovery system on the library's homepage. Additional tools available to researchers include:

Citation management tools
- Citation guides
- Impact factor calculators
- New content in the library lists
- Photocopy, scanning and media editing facilities

Support the Library

The Library welcomes gifts of books, journals, maps, CDs and other formats that support the research and teaching programs of the university and are in good condition. Upon receipt, all gift materials become the property of the library. Monetary donations to support collection development and projects are also appreciated. Information and contact

 See also: Code of Ethics of the Librarians in Israel