Considering that the Jews are the People of the Book, it's more than a little odd that the Jewish state didn't officially establish a national library until 2008 - and even then, instead of going the Library of Congress route, the state merely took over the Hebrew University's Givat Ram campus library and nationalized it. But it's still quite the book repository: the library's directors plan to acquire every book published in Israel in any language, as well as every book published in every language in the entire world on the worthy subjects of Israel, the Land of Israel, Judaism and the Jewish people.
The stacks already hold the world's largest literary collection of Hebraica and Judaica, including many one-of-a-kind and pricelessly rare antiques, as well as fascinating miscellanea like the complete personal papers of Albert Einstein. Even non-bookworms can enjoy the building, provided they like art: the Library is home to artist Mordecai Ardon's fantastic stained glass windows depicting the kind of abstract Kabbalistic imagery that perfectly complements the library's deep well of Jewish history.
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