​​The Tuviyahu Archives of the Negev 

(Aranne 4, Room 404)

The Archives were founded by David Tuviyahu.  They are open to the public and function as part of the Zalman Aranne Central Library.  The Archives specialize in the collection of documentary materials on the Negev over time, mainly from the beginning of the Twentieth Century onward, and emphasizing Jewish settlement.  Materials include documents from institutional and private archives, a picture collection of approximately 13,000 items, maps, local newspapers, news clippings etc.

Most of the documents, all the pictures and indexes to many of the Archives' collections have been scanned and uploaded to the Aranne Library website and are accessible via BGUsearch.  This material is in Hebrew and must be searched in Hebrew.

The Archives are open to university researchers and to the general public.

Opening hours:  Sunday – Thursday 8:30 – 15:30

Telephone: 08-6461425
E-mail:  mvazana@bgu.ac.il
Director of the Archives: Mira Vazana


The Audio-Visual Room 

(Aranne 3, Room 316)

The Audio-Visual Room houses audio and video materials in different formats.  This collection also includes journals and newspapers (e.g. Yediot Aharonot, Maariv, and Ha-Arets) from different time periods in microfilm and microfiche, as well as theses on CDs and miscellaneous CDs that have come attached to books. 

The Audio-Visual Collection is available Sunday-Thursday, between 08:30-16:00. To access the collection at any other time, please contact the Humanities librarians by phone (08-6461834) or email (ruach@bgu.ac.il).

Microform materials can be enlarged for reading and copying on the appropriate equipment.  The material can be scanned on request, for a fee (1 ILS per page). To order a scan, email the librarian in charge, Anna Yevelson, at ruach@bgu.ac.il.

When requesting newspaper articles, for on-the-spot perusal or scanned, be sure to provide all the details of the articles: title, author, page number, and date.​


The Isaiah Berlin Room  

(Aranne 3, Room 310)

Two-hundred-fifty-five books that were given to the philosopher and historian of ideas Sir Isaiah Berlin, with dedications written by political leaders, authors and notable individuals were donated to the library's Humanities floor.
Some of the books are displayed in the closed Isaiah Berlin Room; and others are on view in special display cases.

Telephone: 08-6461419
Librarian-In-Charge: Anna Yevelson


Rare Book Room 

(Aranne 3, Rooms 306 and 309)

The Rare Book Room houses books printed in the 16th-19th centuries.

The Collection is available Sunday-Thursday, between 08:30-16:00. To access the collection at any other time, please contact the Humanities librarians by phone (08-6461834) or email (ruach@bgu.ac.il).

You may place a request for a rare book only if the library does not hold other editions of the books, in later print or in digital form. Be sure to check this before placing a request. Receipt of the book is dependent upon presentation of a valid ID (with photograph). The amount of time allotted for use of the book will be determined by the Humanities librarian.

Instructions for the Use of Rare Books:
1. While near the rare book, write only with pencil, not with pen.
2. Photographs may be taken with a digital camera only. The book may not be scanned or photographed.​

​Telephone: 08-6461439 
Librarian-in-charge: Noam Feigenbaum


Passover Haggadot Collection

(Aranne 5, room 505)

This room holds the Passover Haggadot collection, most of which was donated by collector Gideon Elad from Kibbutz Hatzerim. The collection contains over a 1,000 traditional and non-traditional haggadot, translated into various languages and in different versions, facsimiles of ancient haggadot, modern ones illustrated by contemporary artists, some published as advertisements for newspapers or certain institutions or charities, and some for Israeli I.D.F. soldiers. There is a uniquely wide variety of non-traditional haggadot put out by kibbutzim and youth movements, especially Zionsit-socialist ones in Israel and abroad. There are also exemplars of non-Orthodox haggadot from the United States and those that are: egalitarian, feminist, gay/lesbian, vegetarian, and those by messianic Jews.

Telephone: 08-6461439 
Librarian-in-charge: Noam Feigenbaum