In 2019, the National Library of Israel will move from Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus in Yerushalayim to its new home in the capital’s National Quarter, adjacent to the Knesset and the Israel Museum. On Monday, library officials provided a sneak peek at the architectural plans for the ambitious project, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
National Library Director Oren Weinberg said funding for the new building—designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, which also designed the Tate Modern building in London—will come almost entirely from private donors.
The new National Library will be six stories high and span some 480,000 square feet. Construction is expected to take four years and open to the public in 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein will attend the laying of the building’s cornerstone on April 5.