Reference department

Contact information

By phone – 02-5881587

By email –

By fax – 02-5322435

By mail – Reference Department

Hebrew University - Bloomfield Library for Humanities and Social Sciences

Mount Scopus

Jerusalem, 9190501



Searching the library's resources

During the first two weeks of the school academic year, the Reference Department conducts library tutorials. Please follow notices published on our homepage or ask at the reference desk. Undergraduate students must complete course 74122 – library resources course. Please access the course through Moodle. Library tutorials are available on our website. These tutorials address issues such as using databases, remote access, reader's card and more.  Please note that remote access is necessary to access the library's databases off-campus.

For tailor-made tutorials please contact


Printing from mobile devices

The mobile print service allows printing from almost any form of communication device (Laptops, PC, tablets, smartphones and more).

The service works by sending an e-mail with the file you want to print as an attachment to one of the following addresses (depending on the type of work you want):

A. - Black and white simplex (one side).

B. - Black and white duplex.

C. Color.

The attachment can be an office document, Jpeg, PDF or almost any form of well-known format.

The print job will be present on every public printer on campus (mount Scopus). Just choose the e-mail address from which you've sent the file from the list and print. The file will remain available for printing for two hours and then it will be erased.


Reference books

On every floor you can find reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries and concordances) relevant to the discipline that can be found on that floor. These reference books are non-circulating.


Writing a bibliography

There are many ways to write bibliographies. Please check with your teacher which method you should use.

The main methods in the social sciences and humanities are:

For more information please look for guide books of these methods in our library.

For those who wish to use bibliographic management software, we recommend using EndNote online. You may also want to review other bibliographic management software.


Guest user

The Social Sciences and Humanities Library welcomes all patrons. Please note that the computers and databases are open for the Hebrew University community only. On all floors of the library you can connect with your mobile device to "HUJI-Guest," which is free WiFi, and or search in at the open free catalog search stations, no username and password required.

Staplers and more

For your convenience, there is a work station with staplers, scissors, scotch tape and more on the 3rd floor (entrance floor) by the reference desk. Members of the Hebrew University community may also borrow whiteboard markers at the circulation desk.


Special rooms in the library

You are welcome to relax on our beanbag chairs and sofas in our lounge which is on the 3rd floor (entrance floor) on your right, after the display cases. Also on the 3rd floor you can find group study rooms with LCD screens that connect to laptops. These rooms need to be reserved in advance and can be used up to two hours a day, three times a week. Reservation requires IDs of two active members of the Hebrew University. You can also use group study rooms on the 4th and 5th floors which also feature LCD screens, on a “first come, first serve" basis.


Non-circulating books and leaving books on tables

Please refer to the reference desk on the 3rd floor for checking out non-circulating books. For long term requests please refer to the subject specialist librarian.

It is the library's policy to collect all books that are left on the tables every evening for reshelving. If you would like to leave a stack of books on a table please leave them in a neat pile and make sure that they belong to the same floor they are left on. Also, leave a note with your name, and the date on which these books can be returned to the shelves. Checked out books, reserved books and books from different libraries cannot be left on the tables. You may contact the library's secretariat for renting a carrel in which you can store checked-out books.

Lost and found

Please mark your belongings with your personal information so that we can locate you in case you misplace personal objects, especially portable devices, wallets, chargers, etc. We refer found objects to the security department, which is in charge of lost and found objects, across the street from campus and located just outside the bus tunnel. Valuable objects such as laptops and cellphones are kept for a limited time in the Reference Department. If a credit card is found in the library we will immediately contact the credit company which will do its best to contact the owner.

Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended!