Corona directives

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New Central Zionist Archives procedures; visitor reception in light of the COVID-19 limitations.

Starting May 17th, 2020, the Reading Room is open to the public following the restrictions and the adjustments required by the "purple regulations."

Operating hours of the Reading Room are:

Sunday-Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm.

Admittance to the Reading Room is divided into two shifts:

First shift: 08:00 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Break to disinfect the workstations and computers

Second shift: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Coordinating a visit

  • Visits to the Archives are possible on advance registration only according to the shifts mentioned above. Registration can be made by email only: The applicant receives a confirmation by email if the requested shift is available. Multiple sign up for two consecutive shifts on the same day is possible, but not for more than two days within a week and according to availability.
  • The number of visitors is limited to eight visitors at any given moment.
  • Admission and stay in the Reading Room is limited to the shift\shifts, coordinated in advance. Visitors are requested to update the CZA if he/she is unable to arrive at the CZA for the requested shift.
  • Visitors who arrive without registration and prior authorization are not permitted to enter the CZA building.
  • Working in groups is currently not allowed at the Reading Room.
  • Visitors who arrive without a mask and gloves are not permitted to enter the building.


Visitor arrival to the CZA building

  • Entry to the CZA is through the temporary entrance by following the signs.
  • Upon entering, the visitors' temperature will be taken, and he\she will be asked to sign a health statement.
  • Each visitor is escorted by the security guard to the Reading Room floor.
  • Each visitor is asked to deposit his/her belongings in the storage compartments before entering the Reading Room.
  • The hot\cold drink station is not available. Each visitor is responsible for his/her own food and drink.


Reading Room services

  • There are no changes in ordering material from the storage rooms.
  • Visitors can order in advance (a day or two before the visit) up to seven items for review during his/her visit (exact notation is necessary to order the material). Requests must be sent through "Contact us" on the CZA website.
  • Photocopying and scanning services are available as usual.


Reading Room work procedures

  • Face masks and gloves are required to be worn during the entire stay of the visitor in the Reading Room.
  • Visitors must take care to collect and return the material ordered to the return counter. A visitor can request to store items for an upcoming visit (for a maximum of 14 days).
  • Currently, the use of the private rooms in the Reading Room is not permitted.
  • Disinfectants are available to visitors.
  • ​The CZA is committed to taking care of cleaning and disinfecting computers and work stations between shifts and at the end of each workday.


Your cooperation is appreciated and enables us to adhere to the necessary guidelines and to maintain our health during these challenging times.

The procedures may vary according to the guidelines.


Reading Room Staff