Dear Instructors,

It is important to us to give you the best possible service.

In order to advance your research and assist in instruction, we have compiled important information for your perusal.


Librarians responsible for specific subject areas


Every subject area is assigned to a subject specialist librarian.  For your convenience, here is a list of librarians and their subject specialties.

Feel free to contact the subject specialist on all library-related issues.


Subject Specialtye-mailLibrarian
Faculty of Business &



Conflict Management, Education, Gender studies, Science Instruction


Olga Lovtsov
​Economics, Geography, Communication,​Narmina Abdulaive
​Psychology, Social work, African studies, Politics and​Ariela Suker
Foreign  Literatures and Linguistics


Valeria Khaskin
Bible, Jewish Feigenbaum
Archaeology, Jewish Katz
Middle East Studies, Hila Elkayam
Art history, Hebrew literature and language, Anna Yevelson
Faculty of Natural Grinblat
Faculty of Engineering Moshenberg





The Circulation and Inter-Library Loan departments are located on the ground floor.

  • Circulation services are available during all library opening hours.  Up to 50 books may be borrowed at one time.
  •  Inter-library Loan processes loans of books and articles from other Israeli universities and colleges and from foreign academic institutions.  There is a fee for this service.
  • Faculty members interested in opening a library card in another university library in order to borrow books directly from them are requested to contact the librarian in charge of Circulation, Herta Yankovich ( ) to obtain a letter of commitment, Sunday-Thursday, until 15:00.


Ordering books for the library using your departmental budget


The library's book budget is divided among the faculties in a meeting of the Library Committee, held annually early in the school year.  The faculty deans are responsible for distribution among the departments.

In each department, a faculty member serves as contact between the department and the appropriate subject specialist librarian.  Faculty members give their book purchase requests to the departmental contact person, who will pass them on to the subject specialist librarian.  The librarian checks the request lists to prevent duplication and passes them on to the Acquisitions department.

The library will order the latest edition unless otherwise noted on the request.

Once the book has been ordered by the Acquisitions department, you can follow the status of the request in the Aleph catalog.

When the book is received in the appropriate reading room, the requestor (or the departmental contact person) is notified of its arrival.  The notification includes book details and call number (designating the book's location on the shelf).

New books are placed on the reading room's “New Book Display" shelf for 30 days.  During this time, only the faculty member who ordered the book may borrow it.  After 30 days, if the book has not been borrowed by the requestor, it is transferred to the regular shelf.

For additional information, please contact the subject specialist librarian.


Ordering textbooks using the library's budget


The library has a separate budget for the acquisition of textbooks (required reading) for undergraduate courses for all the faculties. 

Order requests should be sent in advance to the subject specialist librarian. 

The request should include the following information:  Course name, instructor's name, number of students, the semester in which the course will be given, and full bibliographic details of the book.  The library will try to purchase the book in electronic format (if available), with one print copy for the Reserved Book collection.  Should electronic format not be available, additional print copies will be purchased in accordance with the number of students in the course (one copy for each 20 students).

For additional information, please contact the subject specialist librarian.


Ordering new journals and databases


Requests for new journals and databases should be sent to the subject specialist librarian.  The library saves the requests until such time as our budget permits the addition of new subscriptions.


Ordering books using the research budget



Faculty members who wish to order books for their personal use, in any language, may do so using their research budgets. Each order must be accompanied by the approval of the person responsible for budget that will be billed.

The order through the library can be placed in the following ways:

1. Using the online form on the library homepage.

The form is sent automatically to Janna Levy, Acquisitions Coordinator.

2. Academic staff members may purchase the books they need privately and then bring them to the Library, along with the original purchase receipts, so that they may be processed by Noam Feigenbaum in room 212 ( ).

3. Directly to Janna Levy, room 212, Sunday-Thursday, until 15:00.

Please bring the details of the items requested, marked within the publishers' catalogs, or in any other source (advertisement, bibliography, etc.).  Your signature must appear next to each item you wish to order.

For clarifications or questions:  telephone: 08-6461408


Please note:

Items purchased by the library using the research budget are the property of the university and are loaned by the library to faculty member as “permanent loans", until such time as the requester is no longer associated with the university.


Required reading – Reserved Book collection


The Reserved Book collection is located in the Circulation department.  The collection includes books that are required for courses and that have been moved from their regular locations at the request of the instructor.  Reserved books do not circulate; they are for use in the library for a limited time only.

To enable us to order, process and place the books in the Reserved Book collection in time, and thereby serve the students efficiently, please send (at least a month before the start of each semester) us the required reading lists for your courses.  You can use the appropriate online form, which is automatically sent to the Circulation department.

Please be aware that this form is not a request to purchase copies for the library collection.

To order a book for the library collection, please contact the subject specialist librarian.

For questions concerning the Reserved Book collection, please contact the librarian in charge of Circulation, Herta Yankovich, by telephone (08-6461411 or 6461437) or by e-mail ( ).


Reprints (Tadpisim)

 The Tadpisim collection is no longer available. To download your materials please go to:


Electronic resources


The library has a large collection of electronic databases, journals and books.

To access the journals and books, use the library catalog.

Access to the databases is via the library homepage  >  Databases.

The list of databases to which the library has subscriptions is organized alphabetically and can be searched by keyword.

BGU students and faculty can also access these resources from outside the university.

For an explanation on off-campus access, click here.


The Audio-Visual Room

The Audio-Visual Room houses audio and video materials in different formats, for instance, cassettes, CD-Roms, DVDs, etc.  Also included are microfilm and microfiche journals and newspapers (e.g. Yediot Aharonot, Maariv and Ha-Arets) from different time periods.  Microform materials can be enlarged for reading and copying on the appropriate equipment.  The material can be scanned on request, for a fee.


For further information, please contact the librarian in charge, Anna Yevelson    

( ).


Map Room

The library has a collection of Israeli and world maps in various sizes (including wall maps), as teaching tools for the instructors.  Most of the maps are cataloged and classified by LC call numbers, and can be searched in the library catalog (the Aleph catalog).

Maps should be requested in advance.

Librarian-in-charge of the Map Room: Hanit Shemesh-Boterashvili (08-6461405)  


The RefWorks bibliography management tool


The library has a subscription to RefWorks, which enables the user to organize bibliographic references, cite them correctly and insert them into a document as in-text citations and bibliography.

All BGU students and faculty can access and use RefWorks, provided they have opened an account.

Group instruction (in Hebrew) in the use of this tool is given every month by the library's RefWorks staff – in the library's Lecture Room.

Details on instruction sessions can be found on the library homepage as Events.


We will be pleased to assist you with all library-related questions and requests.


The Library Staff