Library of the Institute & Department of Archaeology
Chief Librarian: Alexandra Shavit
Arguably the epicentre of the Institute of Archaeology, the Archaeology Library is a core pillar of Institute and Departmental research. Established in 1968 as an essential tool of the Institute, the Library began in the basements of Gilman. Armed with shelves, a budget for books, and enthusiastic students, Gabriella Bachi (the first Chief Head Librarian) assembled the first-ever collection. This was possible as the Archaeology Library developed relationships with other Institutes around Israel and the world, establishing a ‘book-exchange’ between publication houses.
The history of the library (as a part of the Institute) is why, to this day, the collection places emphasis on materials for archaeology and ancient near eastern cultures. From there the collection grew and eventually moved to the second-floor space it now occupies.
Chief Librarian Alexandra Shavit tending to shelves in the Archaeology Library (Photo by Sasha Flit)
The library’s main role is to serve as an information and resource centre for the Israeli and Overseas students of the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures, as well as the staff of the Institute.
The library houses over 9700 printed books and more than 100 printed periodicals. This collection covers subjects, ranging from prehistoric Era to archaeology and history of the Biblical world.
The journals are chiefly acquired through exchange agreements with academic libraries worldwide. The acquisition of new books is enabled by the generous support of the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology.
The library has a strong online presence. The databases include online journals and electronic books. These, along with the online catalogue are searchable via DATA (on the Aleph system):
The Archaeology library is managed by Nirit Kedem, with the assistance of chief librarian Alexandra Shavit.
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Incorporated into DATA
IHP – Index to Hebrew Periodicals is a bibliographic indexing project, covering articles of Hebrew periodicals. It is also an Eretz Israel database.
RAMBI – The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies and in the study of Eretz Israel. The material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages, mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library.
JSTOR includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
PROQUEST is a resource of electronic collections containing millions of documents originally published in magazines, newspapers and journals.
ATLA+ATLAS covers Bible, archaeology and antiquities; human culture and society; world religions and religious studies, etc.
Not incorporated into DATA
IAAL: Israel Antiquities Authority Library
AWOL: The Ancient World Online