Dear first year student - a guide for the new students

We welcome you to the Sourasky Central Library.

The Library staff is at your service and will be more than happy to do whatever they can to

make your learning experience pleasant and interesting.

The aim of this guide is to assist and direct you with the various aspects of the Library's

procedures – it will enable your "safe landing" at the Library.

We are aware of the variety of questions you have on library services and have created a FAQ guide - sorted into subjects.

We will be more than happy to answer your queries and questions and assist you in locating relevant data and directing you to additional resources.

According to the regulations, reference and guidance services are given remotely these days. You can contact us by E-Mail, Chat, Telephone, and WhatsApp (E-Mail address and telephone numbers can be found in the guide). In addition, One-to-One and Group Zoom Tutorials can be coordinated. You can choose your preferred communication channel.

Services are given throughout the Academic Year Sun.-Thu. 09:00-19:45 

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Who are we?

The Sourasky Central Library is one of the 5 major Campus Libraries. It is located at the

Campus center – next to the Diaspora House and in front of the Gilman Building.

Our emphasis is set on developing the collection in the Art and Humanities fields as well as

various aspects of the Social Sciences, Gender and Feminist Studies and interdisciplinary

works in the History and Philosophy of Sciences.

At the Library one can find Books, Journals, Newspapers, Theses – some in printed format

and some in an electronic one. Offprints, CD-Roms and miniaturized text can also be


All fiction lovers can find fiction titles in various languages at our Library.

The Library holds some Special collections.

Students can borrow items from any one of the campus libraries – the student card should

be presented at the entrance and submitted while borrowing the item(s).

If you have not yet received your student card you can use your payment receipt.

Opening hours

Throughout the Academic Year the library is open on Sundays-Thursdays between


One can enter the library up to 15 minutes prior to the closing time.

Opening hours might change before holidays and during the semester breaks – Relevant

information can be found at the library website and on its facebook page.

Click here for more information.

How are the books arranged on the shelves?

The collection is mostly organized in an "open shelf" system, which enables direct access to

the items. The books are arranged on the shelves according to the Dewey Classification

System – a decimal system which classifies books according to their subjects (The Music

Dept. books are arranged according to the LC Classification System).

The Code, consists of a combination of digits and letters, is printed on a sticker on the book's

spine and enables one to locate the book easily on the shelf. The Hebrew books are placed

before the non-Hebrew books on the shelves.

e.g.  184  PLA  ;  327.01  FOR  ;  Music Dept.:  ML410 BAC 

Borrowing and returning books

Books can be borrowed using an online form. The borrowed books will be collected from the attendant at the entrance.

Books should be returned to the dropbox located next to the entrance door. Please notice - due to Corona "Purple Tag" regulations returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours after being collected from the dropbox and will only be returned after that quarantine period.

When returning Interlibrary loan books (ILL) to the dropbox please add a note stating it is an ILL book.


Please keep track of the loan period to avoid a delay in returning the items which would yield paying a fine.

The students are responsible to check whether the book was requested and needs to be returned to the library.
Click here for more information on book loan regulations

Loan renewal
Our library has an automatic renewal system, which renews the loan status on a daily basis – assuming nobody had ordered the item and in accordance to the library regulations.
Alerts notifying you of the need to return items which were requested by other readers will be sent by E-Mail.
You should check your mailer to make sure the items have been automatically renewed and had not been requested.
Please update your E-Mail address in the student portal webpage.
The E-Mails can be forwarded to an alternative E-Mail address via the following website:

Interlibrary loan
Humanities & Arts students and staff are entitled to order books and articles, which are not available at the Tel-Aviv Library catalogs and databases. Such items can be ordered from other Israeli Libraries as well as from foreign ones. This service can be done via an online form and it' free of charge.
Click here for more info
My account (Library card)

All Library members are provided with an account on DaTA- our Library search system which can be accessed via the My Account link, or via My Account link on the Library Website.

My Account is accessible via DaTa system after signing in, using your university username and password. Your name will appear on the top right corner of the webpage.

Clicking on My Account provides information about checked out items and their due date, requests, Blocks & Messages, etc.

Accessing information about checked out items and their due dates, requests & fines (My Account) is also possible via the TAU mobile application.

The TAU mobile application can be downloaded from the following websites:


Online databases, journals and eBooks
The library is subscribed to thousands of e-journals and eBooks and to over a hundred databases.
One can access the electronic resources via our library's databases portal , via the DaTa system.
Members of the Tel-Aviv University community (students & staff) can access the electronic resources from remote computers via the remote access service.
Computers, printers, photocopies and scan computers


According to the instructions of the "purple tag", the library computers cannot be used. It is recommended to arrive with a laptop. When ordering a work station, make sure that the station has the option of connecting to electricity.

Photocopying and scanning 
The photocopying machines can be operated by using a photocopying/printing card or by using a credit card.
All photocopying machines can also be used as scanners.



There are about 80 computers throughout the library – you can use them to access the DaTa system, to browse through our library catalog, our databases or to surf the Web.
All of our computers are connected to printers and have the MS-Office application installed
They all have USB sockets and most of them have earphones attached.
Payment for printing the jobs could either be done by using a printing/photocopying card or by using a credit card.
The printing/photocopying card can be bought and/or recharged from the machine which is located next to the attendant stand at the entrance to the library.

LaserJet black & white printers are located at the reference/circulation hall, at the corridors of the first & second floor and at
the Gallery floor.
A color printer is located at the reference/circulation hall.

Wireless internet network and Laptops 
A wireless internet network is active throughout the campus.
It is accessible using the following gateways: Public-TAU The recommended network for students/staff – enables full access to all library resources.
Registration is done by using the University username and password.
Free-TAU  is available for visitors – enables free internet access, but does not enable access to the restricted databases.
​Does not require a password other than the free-tau identifying key.
Laptops can be borrowed from the circulation desk. One can find electricity sockets throughout the library – at the groups studying rooms,
and at the two floors corridors. 


Photocopying and scanning 
The photocopying machines can be operated by using a photocopying/printing card or by using a credit card.
All photocopying machines can also be used as scanners.
The limited loan collection
The limited loan collection consists mainly of textbooks used in the various courses and several other introductory books. 
​Copies can be borrowed from this collection for a limited period (3 days).
​Dictionaries and encyclopedias cannot be borrowed.

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Group studying room

Group studying rooms

In addition to the traditional "quiet" study zones and the computer study work stations, we offer "noise zones" for group study.


Where are they located? 

The Gallery floor consists of 11 different sized study rooms and an open space, which enables groups studying using round tables. 56 additional computers are located in the Gallery floor.

The "group studying hall" is located on the entrance level – past the computer class. A coffee vending machine (selling coffee at a symbolic price) is available in that room.

A group studying hall, and 3 study rooms for small groups, are located at the bottom floor of the library.

Right next to them one can use a kitchenette – equipped with a refrigerator, Microwave, Tami 4 water device, coffee, tea & chocolate – provided by the Student Association.

Using the 14 study rooms should be pre-ordered using the online group study room reservation service.

This reservation service is only available for students and staff members from the faculties of humanities and the arts at the Tel-Aviv University.

WiFi is accessible in each one of the study rooms and there is an LCD screen to which a laptop/iPad can be plugged-in.
Laptops can be borrowed from the circulation desk and used in the library premises.



You've got mail
Check your E-Mail regularly.
Our way of contacting our readers is by E-Mail.
​Please update your E-Mail address and notify us of any change in your phone number(s) (including your mobile).
Applying via an Online Form |"Ask Librarian" Service | Live Chat
A service that enables you to send your questions in the fields of Humanities and Fine Arts 
by an Online Form
​Answers will be given within two days.

Have a Question?
At the bottom left corner of our homepage you can find a special search box.
One can ask a question and receive an immediate answer from our Q&A database.
If none of the given options answers your question you can forward it by chat or by E-Mail.

The service – for short, concise questions is available Sunday-Thursday 09:00-19:00

Help us keep the library a pleasant, enjoyable place
  • The Library is a place for study and research. It is important for all library users to maintain a quiet study atmosphere.
  • Use the group studying rooms when studying with other colleagues.
  • To preserve a quiet environment in all parts of the Library, mobile phones should be switched off, or set to silent.
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended.
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