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 on the third floor (entrance level). 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 topics 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 electronic device (laptops, PC, tablets, smartphones and more).

Send an e-mail with an attachment to one of the following addresses:

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 other recognized format. Select the address to which you have sent the document and press print.

The print job will be available on every public printer on the Mt. Scopus campus for two hours before it is automatically erased. Printing is payable by a special rechargeable card or by credit card.


Reference books

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 in our library.

For those who wish to use bibliographic management software, we recommend using F1000 or Mendeley. You may also want to review other bibliographic management software.

Guest user

The Social Sciences and Humanities Library primarily offers services to the university community but at the same time welcomes all patrons. You can request a one-time temporary user name and password at the reference desk.  There is free WiFi on all floors of the library. Connect your electronic device to "HUJI-Guest". Guests can also search the catalog from the open search stations, where no username and password is required.

Staplers and more

For your convenience basic office supplies including staplers, punchers, pens, scissors, scotch tape and more are available at the reference desk. Hebrew University students and staff may also borrow whiteboard markers at the circulation desk.

Special rooms in the library

You are welcome to relax on our beanbags and sofas in our lounge which is on the 3rd floor.   Group study rooms with LCD screens that connect to laptops are also situated on the third floor. These rooms need to be reserved in advance via the library’s website and can be used up to two hours a day, three times a week. Reservation requires IDs of at least two registered Hebrew University students or personnel. Group study rooms on the 4th and 5th floors contain LCD screens, and are available on a “first come-first serve" basis.

Non-circulating books and leaving books on tables

You may request permission to check out non-circulating books from the librarian at the reference desk. 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 re-shelving. If you wish to leave a stack of books on a table for the following day, please leave them in a neat pile together with 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 secretary 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. Items that have been found are sent to the Security Department opposite the maintenance department (outside the main campus near the entrance to 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!