About the Library
The Gitter-Smolarz Library of Life Sciences and Medicine provides information resources that support the teaching and research goals of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and the rest of Tel Aviv University community. It also serves as the central library for the Medical Libraries Network Center.
Library location and address
The Gitter-Smolarz Library of Life Sciences and Medicine is located close to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, which are in the northeastern section of the campus.
Tel Aviv University map.
Library address: Tel Aviv University P.O.B. 39345, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978 Israel
The goal of the library is to support the research and educational needs of the University in the fields of life sciences and medicine. It also strives to assist the Israeli scientific community by acquiring, organizing and preserving collections and by providing access to resources of knowledge and information. More information can be found at our library policy site (Hebrew).
The library collection contains printed and electronic materials. In the last few years special emphasis is placed on developing the electronic collections due to their accessibility from any location, 24 hours a day.
Most of the electronic collection is acquired by MALMAD - Israel Center for Digital Information Services of the Israeli universities.
In total, there are about 250,000 volumes: textbooks, monographs, periodical volumes, dissertations, about 400 current subscriptions to printed journals, over 4000 e-journal subscriptions and about 200 e-books and databases.
Collection development is carried out by continuous follow up of changes in the research and educational activities of the Faculties of Life Sciences and Medicine and in collaboration with the department and faculty representatives.
The professional staff of every department provides various library services:
Interlending and Document Supply
Computer Technical Support
Photocopying, Printing and Scanning
Off-campus Access to Library Electronic Resources
For further information, please refer directly to each of the Library Departments.
The library was established in 1953 as part of the Tel Aviv University Library in Abu Kabir. When the Central Library of Tel Aviv University moved to Ramat Aviv campus in 1968, the Life Sciences Library became an independent library, located near the Department of Life Sciences still in Abu Kabir. The merging of the Life Sciences Library collections with the medical collection of the Faculty of Medicine took place in 1973, when the Faculty of Medicine moved to the Sackler building in Ramat Aviv Campus. Two years later in 1975, the joint library moved to a temporary facility in the Sackler building of Medicine.
Only in May 1997 after 5 years of planning, design and construction, the library moved into its new permanent building. The new building was designed to meet the technological changes which created a new perception of information technology.
The new building of the Gitter-Smolarz Library of Life Sciences and Medicine was inaugurated in May 1997 at a ceremony in honor of Mr. Benno Gitter and Mrs. and Mr. Miriam and Adolfo Smolarz, whose generous donation provided the resources for the building of the new housing for the library. Several rooms and sections in the library are named for donors, for whom inauguration ceremonies were also held.
Special acknowledgments are due to Ms. Ilana Ben Ami and the Friends of Tel Aviv University in Argentina for their contributions in collecting funds for the enterprise and for their direct participation in the donations.
The pyramid-shaped, three floor building housing the library, designed by Nadler Nadler Bixon Gil with Alkon Architects, encompasses an area of about 4,000 square meters.
Upon entering visitors are exposed to an open space of all 3 floors, in which many galleries and windows face the landscape. The windows and galleries provide natural lighting, which merges with the inner artificial light.
A modern and novel effect is achieved by the metallic blue color which is dominant in all library halls. This blue color is complemented by the brownish wood natural color which gives an additional affect of coziness