In 1969 the library was opened
as a research library for the Institute of Archaeology. Under the direction
of the Chief Librarian, Gabriella Bachi, today over 16,000 books, 7000
offprints and 120 periodicals covering all subjects taught in the Department
of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures are housed on its shelves. Students
and faculty alike are kept up-to-date with developments in archaeological
research through new books and journals purchased or exchanged for the
Institute's publications with over 100 university and museum libraries
world-wide. Over the summer months of 2000, the library was renovated
and expanded to accommodate its growing collection. The library's computerized
catalogue is accessed via the Sourasky Central Library in the Aleph system.
Book titles from 1998 are all entered and we are now in the process of
working backward. Journal articles are not yet entered. The library has
three computer terminals.