The Holy Land Map Project

A world-class cartographic collection

Building a cutting edge online home for the Library’s exquisite collection of rare maps.

As the central repository for printed materials related to the State of Israel and the historic "Holy Land", the National Library of Israel is the natural home for the world's largest collection of maps related to the region. The core of the National Library's Cartographic Collection includes 1,500 ancient maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, alongside ancient maps of other parts of the world. The collection also includes survey maps of the Land of Israel beginning in the mid-19th century, as well as modern maps of Israel and its cities, and neighboring countries prior to the establishment of the State and to the present day. The Library has digitized its entire historical map collection and is working with partners throughout the world to bring all maps of the region together in a single united digital platform. This platform will harness advances in both imaging and mapping technologies to provide a remarkable user experience.
 

We welcome new partners and sponsors to join the vision:

  • Expanding the existing digital cartographic collection
  • Building and implementing advanced tools allowing users to view and re-use treasures from the collection as never before
  • Developing partnerships with collections and digital resources across the globe

 

The Eran Laor Cartographic Collection