Sharing Knowledge to Protect Jewish Heritage in Europe

At the Source


At the Source is a training course developed by the National Library of Israel for European librarians and archivists who work with Jewish collections.


In addition to learning important professional skills, At the Source participants form strategic connections with National Library colleagues and with each other - relationships that will support them through their careers as the custodians of significant, and sometimes endangered, Jewish archives and libraries throughout Europe.

These courses, which started in 2015, are especially tailored by the NLI and the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People to address the needs of participants and their institutions. The courses give theoretical training, hands-on experience and individual mentoring – drawing on materials that reflect the context of their own collections. At the Source involves staff across all NLI departments, and has helped position the National Library as a beacon of excellence and knowledge for archivists and librarians working with Jewish heritage in Europe.


Below is a taste of some of the feedback from participants:

"Exceptional lectures and mentoring - you have made my job so much easier. I now know who to talk to and go to for help."


"It was wonderful to meet people with a shared passion for Jewish culture – this is the beginning of many connections."

"I was very grateful to hear from people doing the same work as I do – I feel less alone. The individual sessions were very productive."


"It is very pleasant to stay among such high-professionals top educated people who really love the place they work in and the materials they work with – thank you!"

At the Source: Italy

In October 2018, the National Library of Israel launched a new initiative to catalogue every Hebrew book in Italy and to create a Union Catalogue to make the collections widely accessible.